What's the Buzz? Planting for Pollinators and People

With cool, rainy weather lately in southern Minnesota, it may be hard to believe but it’s time to plant! Here's something to consider.

This year, add to your yards, gardens, and pots some easily-grown medicinal plants that are also wonderful sources of food for our native pollinators. Our population of pollinating insects is rapidly declining for a variety of reasons. Herbalist gardeners can be part of the solution.

As many of you know, growing plants is a passion of mine, and I’ve been relatively successful at it. You, too, can grow plants that attract and support pollinators, that are useful for herbal remedies, and that enhance the beauty of any landscape.

I recently shared a presentation, "What's the Buzz? Planting for Pollinators and People", in person and via Zoom, with the North Country Herbalist Guild. Now I have recorded it and posted it on my YouTube channel for you to view. This 60-minute video emphasizes the importance of growing plants for pollinators, introduces some of Minnesota’s pollinating critters, and highlights many beautiful medicinal plants that attract them.

Also note, there will lots of transplants available at the You Pick Medicinal Herbs Garden soon - if you want any, let me know. I've started a list on my What's Ready page - scroll down a bit to see it.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon at the garden!