Starting A Pollinator Garden

By: , The Thoughtful Gardener

Welcome to our series of videos exploring how we can support butterfly migration by planting fueling stations that will support them on their incredible journey.

When planting a new pollinator garden, there are a few key factors to take into consideration. One is light. To get a sense for how much light your garden receives, go out on a sunny day and take a picture at 9, noon, and 3. Follow the sun, and see where it goes throughout the day. Some parts of your garden may get full sun, while others may get partial or even full shade. A lot of native pollinator plants are very adaptable, and can tolerate different levels of shade. Some, however, thrive in full sun, so you should make sure to plant accordingly.

Another important thing to look into is soil. If you’re growing native plants, they should already be well-suited to the type of soil in your area. It’s good to get a sense, though, by purchasing a soil test from a nursery or your local extension service. 

The final important aspect is water. Again, native plants should be well adapted to the amount of rainfall typical in your climate, but for the first two years, especially during drought, they might need some help. Keep an eye on them, and be prepared to water as needed.

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