How to Create A Pollinator Friendly Garden
Happy Earth Month!! Even though we should be thinking about our precious planet every month of the year, April is a great reminder that we need to get it together! Our planet needs us to change some of the things we are doing and for us, changes start at home. We’ve slowly started transitioning our cleaning and household products, paying attention to what we are using on our lawn & in our garden, teaching our daughter to recycle, eating organically, and buying products from companies that are considering their footprint and keeping our planet in mind. These changes are also something I like to include our daughter Adeline in.She helps me create some of our homemade cleaning products, she helps me to plant our garden each year,and has learned what needs to be recycled. This year we are taking it one step further and are adding more pollinator friendly plants to our garden, and I wanted to share all the tips on how.you can do that with your kids. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield
This article will include…
Why Pollinators are Important
Reasons to Go Organic in Your Own Yard
Tips for Planting Your Own Pollinator Friendly Garden
Enter to Win Backyard Makeover
Why We Love Stonyfield
why are pollinators important?
A lot of the changes the environment needs can start in your very own home,and you can make a difference in the environment in your backyard. One of the ways you can do that is by making some changes in your garden, backyard, and property to make it more Pollinator Friendly. A pollinator friendly garden attracts bees & butterflies, birds, bats, and insects. You can attract pollinators by planting flowers that are pollen and nectar rich, as well as a variety of larval host plants for caterpillars to eat, lay eggs on, etc. Pollinators play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Pollinating animals help a vital interaction that bring us fruits, vegetables, nuts, 1/2 of the world’s oils, and fibers. Without bees and other pollinators to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off.
reasons to go organic in your own yard
To be honest, while I’ve paid attention to the amount of pesticides in our food, I have not through much about the pesticides in my own yard, playground, parks, or even fields. While I may not have the control to change the use of harmful pesticides in my community, we do have that control at our own home. One of the scariest things I read that some of chemicals used on lawns have been proven or likely endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the development of children’s immune, reproductive, and metabolic systems.
Organic products must adhere to specific standards, crops are grown without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, animals are not confined 100% of the time, and are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
A few more reasons;
Higher Nutritional Value: Organic foods have a higher content of vitamins and minerals than do conventionally produced foods, thanks in large part to the nutrients and trace minerals found in chemical-free soil.
Tastes Better: According to a 2014 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the higher antioxidant levels in organic produce might actually enhance its organoleptic qualities — a.k.a. its aroma, taste, and even the sensation in your mouth as you're eating it.
Food Isn’t Grown in Chemicals: Say goodbye to pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics and GMOs. USDA Organic regulations prohibit any genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in a certified organic product.
Protect the Earth: Organic gardening helps to prevent loss of topsoil, toxic runoff, water pollution, soil contamination and poisoning, as well as the death of beneficial insects, birds, critters and other soil organisms.
Tips for Planting Your Own garden
Include Your Kids: There are so many reasons to garden with your kids and after 3 years, I’ve learning that it’s the activity that keeps giving. Gardening with your kids can help teach patience, they may eat more fruits and veggies, it can provide sensory input, quality family time, teaches science, teaches responsibility, it’s screen free, and teaches them how to care for the planet.
Plant pollen and nectar rich flowers
Try to put in flowers with a range of shapes and sizes.
Provide food sources (host plants) and places for eggs and larvae.
Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.
Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites
Create a butterfly water station so butterflies can “puddle”
Use Organic or Homemade Pesticides: There are some really simple (& safe) ways to protect your garden from pests and one way is just mix one teaspoon of liquid dish washing detergent with one cup of vegetable oil. You can use this on plants every other week and you can find some other simple homemade organic pesticides here.
Use Organic Fertilizers: Use organic fertilizers such as this one or even make your own using grass clippings (which can also prevent weeds) , banana peels, coffee grounds, egg shells, Epson salts, molasses, wood ash (or saw dust), worm castings, or make your own compost.
Use Organic Weed Killers: You can buy safe weed killers like this one or make your own using vinegar, salt, and dish soap.
1 gallon white vinegar
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and treat weeds at the sunniest time of day for best results.
For more ideas and inspiration click here!
Win a Backyard mAKEOVER
April is Earth Month and even though Stonyfield celebrates every month they are hosting an amazing Backyard Makover Sweepstakes by Danny Seo.
Sweepstakes runs between 3/25 and 6/2
Grand Prize: Backyard makeover from Environmental Lifestyle Expert Danny Seo
Hundreds of other prizes and chances to win!
why we love stonyfield
As mentioned above, change can start at home and one of the ways we do our part and protect our daughter is paying attention to the ingredients in the food we buy. One brand we have been loyal to as a family is Stonyfield® Organic Kids® and one of the reasons is because their products are always certified organic, no artificial flavors or colors, and have less sugar than the leading kid’s brands. Our love has grown even more since they are shedding light on an often overlooked issue with their StonyFIELDS initiative. The goal of StonyFIELDS Initiative is to make sure all playing fields and parks for kids are organic and they stop the use of harmful pesticides. Stonyfield announced a three-year initiative to help 35 communities across the country convert outdoor playing fields and parks to organic, which is pretty amazing!!!
Our toddler has a few favorites from Stonyfield® Organic Kids® and has been LOVING the Stonyfield Snack Packs. Let’s be real, we Mama’s need all the help we can get. We need things like snacks, to be simple. I am always in search of a good snack for Adeline when she gets home from school but I need to be healthy, easy, and something she can just grab, and go! She is OBSESSED with the organic Snack Packs, she can just grab from the fridge, dip her graham cookie into her favorite strawberry yogurt, and YUM!!! She doesn’t even need a spoon! Bonus points for Stonyfield, because it’s organic, Non-GMO project verified good source of vitamin D, it’s without preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Our personal favs are both straberry yogurt with chocolate chip cookies and graham crackers, and the chocolate flavor with pretzels. My girl likes salty and sweet, just like her Mama!
I hope this inpsires you to add some pollinators to your garden and make sure to tag me if you do, I’d love to see it! Check out other ways to make changes in your own community!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield.