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Boost your berry harvest. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Turn your garden into a bee haven by providing a long season of flowering plants serving up pollen and nectar for as much of the growing season as possible. Not only will you boost your harvest of fruits and vegetables but you'll be playing an important part in a growing movement to protect and sustain our nation's food supply.

Organic practices are good for pollinators, the planet and you: NO chemicals, manage resources conservatively, nurture, build and protect soil health.

The quirky caterpillar-like blossoms of bee plant (Phacelia tanacetifolia) are produced over a long bloom period, attracting pollinators and boosting pollination. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Native plants and old fashioned non-native ornamentals are more supportive of native pollinators and require less water and added nutrients. You don’t have to completely forsake sterile hybrids and sexy double blossoms— just be sure to liven up your mix with some wildlife friendly plantings.

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