Creating Pollinator-Friendly Gardens

Looking to attract more bees, butterflies, and birds to your yard? Here are a few tips for creating a pollinator-positive space: Keep in mind that you don’t want to limit the pollinator-attracting blooms to just the height of summer – think about spring through late fall. Make sure to include lots of native varieties. Often times ‘new and improved’ varieties are bred for certain attributes like colour, height, and form, and tend to be sterile. Amp up the biodiversity in your yard – bees especially like a wide range of plants to gather nectar and pollen from. Think about their shelter as well – some bees nest in rotted logs or in the ground, so if you have an area you can allow to get a bit wild, let it go! Consider purchasing a bee house, or click here to learn how to build you own! Think about adding white clover to your lawn – it’s tough, easy-growing, and wonderful for bees. We carry it in bulk at Southview, and we consistently hear only positive things about it as a grass substitute. Provide water sources as well. Birdbaths are great for birds, but consider adding shallow plates of water around for bees to drink from. Add a few rocks on the plate as a landing pad. Encourage other people in your neighbourhood to add vistas of pollinator-attracting plants!   Pollinator-Attracting Perennials Milkweed (Asclepsis) Echinacea Geranium Sedum Bee balm (Monarda) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Hollyhock (Alcea) Allium Russian Sage (Perovskia) Obedient Plant (Physostegia) Perennial Sage (Salvia) Aster Coreopsis Delphinium Hosta Phlox Crocus Herbs like thyme, oregano, mint and lavender Catmint (Nepeta)...
Make your own vertical edible pallet garden

Make your own vertical edible pallet garden

If you visited the greenhouse last summer you may have noticed our vertical pallet garden out in the front of the store. It was such an enjoyable project and we had so much positive feedback about it that we thought you’d like to make one of your own at home! It’s really fun to watch grow and change as the season progresses, completely customizable, and pretty simple to do yourself. Materials needed: One wood pallet – look for one that’s in good shape and has evenly-spaced slats that are wide enough to get plants in between. Hose it off. Landscape fabric – enough to cover the back and sides of the pallet twice (our pallet was about 4’x3.25’, so we used around 30sq’ total) Staple gun Light potting soil A selection of herbs, greens, edible flowers, and whatever else you desire   Step 1: Landscape Fabric Measure, cut and staple two layers of landscape fabric to the back, sides, and bottom of your pallet. Hold it taught and staple generously. Cut and staple a temporary piece for the top as well – this is to prevent the soil from falling out while you fill it and will be removed in a couple of weeks. Bring your prepared pallet to a sunny area off the ground where it can stay laying down for a couple weeks while things get rooted in.   Step 2: Soil Fill with soil. It’s best to use a light potting mix. The amount depends on the size of your pallet, but a quick volume calculation should help you out (length x width x height). According...
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