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Pollinator Habitat

Pollinator HabitatThis week makes it appear as if spring is finally arriving.  The temperatures are variable but the soil temperatures are slowly beginning to warm up enough for farmers and gardeners to make some progress.  The NDAWN station in Brampton reads the 4” bare soil temperature of 47 degrees.  Ideal soil temperatures for planting corn and soybeans would be 50 degrees or warmer. 

Gardeners can begin planting cool season crops when soil temperatures range from 40-50 degrees.  Some examples of the cool season crops include: broccoli, beets, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, lettuce, carrots, radish, spinach, turnips, onions and potatoes.  Be cautious to plant anything that requires warmer temperatures as we are still likely to see a frost this spring, with the average last frost being in mid-May in our area.   

Our lawns and perennial plants are greening up with the moisture we have received the last couple of weeks.  As garden centers are beginning to open up for the season consider adding some plants to your home that will be beneficial for pollinators.  Many of our garden plants require pollination from bees or butterflies such as our melons. 

If you are looking for a few new perennials to add to your landscape consider choosing plants that will flower at different periods throughout the summer to keep attracting the pollinators.  Native species such as prairie smoke, golden alexander, asters, black-eyed susans and meadow blazing star will be the most attractive for pollinators. 

To provide a good habitat for pollinators we also want to make sure to avoid planting cultivars that have extra petals, or are double-flowered.  These plants make it hard for pollinators to figure out how to get to the pollen.  A few more important items to consider would be providing a water source as well as a habitat for nesting bees such as a bee house.  Our office will be hosting a pollinator workshop on May 13 where we will go into more details for providing adequate habitats for pollinators as well as making a bee house to bring home with you.  For more information or if you have questions about providing an adequate habitat for pollinators contact the NDSU Extension Office.      

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/bee-insect-flower-honey-bee-5618012/ (downloaded 4/29/21)

  

 

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