"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos." ~ E. O. Wilson
Bee on sage flower
Bee on radicchio flower
Mastering Horticulture has a few suggestions on ways to observe Pollinator Week 2015:
1. Plant at least three kinds of perennial herbs. One type is good but three is better. Sage, rosemary and mint - for example, when allowed to flower are all bee magnets. They bloom at different times of the year and thus providing a constant source of nectar for the bees.
2. Allow annual leafy plants such as lettuce, cilantro, radicchio, radishes to flower. Let the beneficial insects have a festival in your garden.
3. Add a water feature in your garden. Our pollinators work hard all day, they need an easy access to water source.
These are very simple steps that will surely keep the pollinators working in our gardens. I'm sure there are other ways you can think of. Share them so that we can all work together in keeping the pollinators around.