Plant smarter and support Pollination Garden Habitats for healthier and heftier yields.
Plants rely on wind, insects, birds and sometimes people to pollinate them. The need to practice this understanding involves the knowledge of the decline in native pollinators resulting from over used mono-culture techniques and the misconduct of agricultural pesticides.
To secure a more natural approach in our own back yard, successful pollination is encouraged by planting certain beneficial plants inter-cropping arrangements with texture, shape and colour techniques. These methods will attract wild pollinators and will result in larger yields in crops such as fruits, tomatoes, corn and vine crops.
In conjunction with wind, beneficial pollinators perform the task of transferring the male pollen from the anther to the female stigma uniting with the ovary and forming a fertilized seed. Tomatoes, beans and peas are examples of vegetable plants that are self fertile, meaning having both the male and female reproductive parts for successful pollination within each flower.
A successful pollination would go into effect by vibrations done by wind or passing by insects. Insect pollinators such as bees, wasps, beetles, flies and butterflies are repeated visitors and at the same time, these beneficials will prey on insect pests.
It’s interesting to note that the bees buzzing, shakes loose more pollen than wind alone resulting in bigger and healthier fruit and vegetables. They contribute to approximately 150 food crops and 1 out of 3 mouthfuls of our food and drink requires these pollinators. Native bees such as the bumble bee, sweat bee, mason bee and squash bee pollinate crops as well, if not better than honey bees.
So by inter-planting a diversity of colourful companion flowers, this will attract these pollinators for nutrition, pollen and nectar and provide them safe harbor. Others like the squash blossom will provide the squash bee pollinators protection from night predators when the blossoms close up.
The importance to plant nectar bearing flowers will attract these pollinators and you will have a natural pollination protection plan for your vegetables with successful and larger yields along with supporting your backyard habitat.