Pollinators are animals mostly insect, but sometimes birds or mammals, that fertilize plants, resulting in the formation of seeds and the fruit surrounding seeds. We rely on pollinators to produce nuts and fruits that are essential to a healthy diet. Did you know the majority of flowering plant species found world-wide require animal-mediated pollination to make the seeds that will become the next generation of plants?
There’s been a decline in the pollinator population due to the disturbance of climate change, the use of pesticides in agriculture and the loss of habitats. As much as we may like to think that plants can live and grow on their own, it’s actually because of the pollinators we get to experience the fruits of their labor.
There’s a potentially crippling effect to our ecological systems if the pollinator populations continue to decline. In addition to the countless fruits, vegetables and nuts, the pollinators' hard word brings, one half of the world's oils, fibers, and raw materials depend on them. Their work even helps prevent soil erosion and increases the carbon sequestration (the long-term storage of carbon in plants, soils, geologic formations, and the ocean which helps contain carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. An increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is involved in global warming.).
Help Pollinators Locate and Flourish in Your Garden
Include local native flowering plants in your landscape.
Choose plants with a variety of colors.
Choose flowers with different shapes and sizes.
Choose plants with different flowering times to provide forage all season.
Select plants with different heights and growth habits.
Include plants that are favored food for butterfly caterpillars; the loss of foliage is well worth it! Accept some foliage loss.
Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides (including herbicides).
information sourced from: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/what-can-i-do-help-pollinators
Here at Scooch A Mi we feature tea towels in support of pollinators. Martha Stewart gave june & december a shout out in her Living Magazine, June 2019 edition for their beautiful, useful and sustainable flour sack tea towels. We at Scooch are very excited to featured these. Stop by for a look.