In the Garden: Avoid Pesticides to help Protect Pollinators

The Spokesman Review   By Susan Mulvihill   8/19/12 

If you sit quietly in the middle of your garden, you will witness an incredible amount of activity. I’m not talking about other people in your garden, but rather, the vital role that pollinating insects play in the cycle of life that takes place every day.

Without pollinators, we wouldn’t have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, peas, melons, squash, berries or tree fruits.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Over 90 percent of all flowering plants and over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind rely on... Read more...

To learn more about the pollinators around us and how to attract them, visit the following websites:

• North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (www.pollinator.org/nappc)

• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (www.fws.gov/pollinators)

• Natural Resources Conservation Service ( www.nrcs.usda.gov)