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Wildflowers Native to Your Region

Wildflowers are extremely beautiful, attract pollinators, and reduce the amount of watering and maintenance you will need to do in your vegetable garden. Conventional wisdom is that native varieties should be planted as non-native plants may be invasive, creating problems in your organic garden and the larger environment. Another reason to plant varieties native to your locale is that not all pollinators are found in each zone. So home-growers will want to plant those wildflowers that have developed a mutualistic relationship with the pollinators in their region in order to benefit their vegetable gardens.

A fantastic site for getting information about which plants are native to your region (zone) is the Pollinator Partnership. There, you enter your U.S. zip code to find your ecoregion. Once entered, you will see a diagram of your zone and find a link to your planting guide. The guide has information about the plants and pollinators native to your region.

The guide is helpful, however, you will need to do a bit of research to find the wildflowers native to your region. It is a good idea to know the names of the wildflowers you are interested in planting then you can see if they are listed in the guide.

This video is a great starting place on how to plant wildflowers with tips that can be used by home-growers. This year, I will be planting perennials around the perimeter of my garden and annuals among the vegetable plants.

Though we are not promoting their products or services, we do appreciate Grow Organic creating this helpful video.

Attracting Beneficial Pollinators to Your Edible Garden

Listen to Attracting Beneficial Pollinators to Your Edible Garden.

Pollinators to the rescue!

Image courtesy of Jesse Elwert Peters

“Good” insects stave off pesky ones and save you time in the garden. Find out how!

Join me Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) when my guest will be Jesse Elwert Peters. We will be talking about how attracting beneficial pollinators to your edible garden will help you with your time budget!

Jesse Elwert Peters

Image courtesy of Jesse Elwert Peters

Jesse is an ecologist, writer,  consultant, and the owner of Jessecology, an eco-friendly landscape design company in the Saratoga County and Lake George region of New York. Jesse has worked as a landscaper since 2005. She has built butterfly habitat gardens, hummingbird habitat gardens, rain gardens, and other native plant designs. She is available to speak at your gardening club or conference.

Enter your U.S. zip code into this finder to see plants native to your region. Including companion plants in your vegetable garden attracts pollinators and has other benefits that help you save time in the garden.

You can visit Jesse’s website at: www.jessecology.com

She is a contributing writer at: www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/author/jesse