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by Peggy [GB] Beltramo
on June 22, 2018 at 12:35 PM
Melissa--I shared this information with Missy Gable this morning, too.  
As an avid MG educator about attracting pollinators to your garden, I ran across this information directly from Dr. Christine Casey at the Honeybee Haven. I thought you might be interested in these research findings regarding clean vs. dirty water sources.  
Happy Pollinator WeeK!
by Robin Rowe
on July 2, 2018 at 10:07 AM
Melissa, great article! I just knew I needed more plants in my pollinator garden me you confirmed it! My milkweed has been completely deminished and it is only July. Regarding the water supply, will a swimming pool do the trick or should it be in the garden?
Reply by Melissa G. Womack
on July 9, 2018 at 9:32 AM
Hi Robin, I would add a water source in the garden (bird bath, saucer, etc.) that has a ledge or small rocks for the bees and butterflies to land and perch on so they don't drown or bother pool guests on hot days! Melissa
by Lucy Heyming
on July 12, 2018 at 12:32 PM
thanks for this. I will use it when I teach classes
by Michele Martinez
on July 28, 2018 at 1:05 PM
Thanks for the great post - it's full of good, practical information. In the San Bernardino Mountains we're focusing on native plants, like native narrow-leaf milkweed to help sustain our native butterfly populations. I've never heard of salt licks for butterflies. We'll give it a try!
by Sheila Clyatt
on August 6, 2018 at 7:02 AM
Wow, this is an excellent article. Wonderful explanations and so well presented. I will use this for teaching as well. Thank you!
by Doug S Arnold
on September 4, 2018 at 12:07 PM
We always grow native plants and flowers next to our garden and it attracts many native bees.
by Doug S Arnold
on September 4, 2018 at 12:10 PM
We always grow native plants and flowers next to our garden and it attracts many native bees.
by Debbra Corbin-Euston
on September 13, 2018 at 7:57 AM
Great information and photos!
by Carolyn McMaster
on November 29, 2018 at 6:28 PM
Companion Plantingis a great way to enhance plant growth, attract pollinators and reduce pests without the use of chemicals. I started studying this when I lived in Africa 30 years ago and can absolutely recommend this fascinating aspect to planning and landscaping your special garden to maximize the advantages of all plants acting together. Symbiosis in action
by Linda Zummo
on November 30, 2018 at 2:01 PM
It's about time I finish my side yard that I started a year ago.
Reply by Donna Navarro Valadez
on January 24, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Happy Gardening Linda!  
by Cyndy Brown-Carlson-2017
on January 21, 2019 at 2:01 PM
Lot’s of good info. Will also try the “salt-lick”.
Reply by Donna Navarro Valadez
on January 24, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Happy Gardening Cyndy!  
by Winona Victery
on March 7, 2019 at 9:42 AM
I would like to share this in a presentation to MG's-in training tomorrow March 8 in Woodland. Is that OK?
Reply by Melissa G. Womack
on March 7, 2019 at 10:01 AM
Of course - thanks for all you do as a MG volunteer!
by Oliva Rose@synthetic lawn in San Diego
on December 3, 2019 at 7:54 AM
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by della grande
on August 17, 2021 at 10:54 AM
Good tips, but did you leave out host plants on purpose? A host plant is that particular plant that a butterfly lays her eggs on. Caterpillars of the zebra swallowtail butterfly, for example, can eat only the leaves of the paw paw tree. If you don't have a paw paw tree nearby, you will not have tiger swallowtails in your pollinator garden. Other butterflies and moths have very specific plants they must have to get them through the caterpillar stage. You can support many different insects by planting a wild cherry tree or an oak, or a joe pye weed or some goldenrod. Here is a good list of some other plants we want in our gardens in order to support pollinators.
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