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L’impollinazione.

Molti trascurano l’importanza dell’impollinazione da parte degli insetti come le api, e i risultati sono la mancata produzione di frutti in quelle piante che portano fiori maschili e femminili separati.

Un’immagine dal web per non dimenticarci che le api e gli altri impollinatori svolgono un ruolo molto importante nei nostri orti, frutteti, giardini e che dobbiamo ricordarci di loro ad ogni nostro intervento: non usiamo la chimica, piantiamo anche specie floreali autoctone e lasciamo qualche angolino di giardino naturale con erbe spontanee idonee al loro habitat.

Come diceva Einstein ‘Quando l’ultima ape sarà scomparsa al genere umano resteranno solo più 5 anni di vita sulla Terra’… preveniamo … è meglio … questa volta.

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Erbacce perenni e impollinatori.

Da attainable-sustainable.net by Kris Bordessa

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Plant echinacea to attract bees.

Echinacea
Also known as coneflower, you might be more familiar with echinacea as a health supplement. Turns out, that supplement is made from this plant that sports gorgeous pink blossoms. More on how to grow echinacea here.

Plant cranesbill geraniums to attract pollinators.

Cranesbill Geranium
This is not the neon-bright geranium your grandma used to grow. Cranesbill geraniums are a delicate looking, low-growing perennial that flower in the pink and purple range.

Grow mint to attract honey bees.

Mint
While humans are generally more interested in the leaves of mint, the flowers are desirable to bees. Mint can be invasive, though — be sure to plant it in an area where it can run rampant or in a pot where it will remain contained.

Plant scabiosa to attract bees.

Scabiosa
This low growing perennial attracts pollinators with purple or pink flowers that seem to float above the leaves on long stems. They’re a great cut flower, too — just be sure to leave some for the bees and butterflies.

Plant salvia to attract pollinators.

Salvia
There are both annual and perennial varieties of salvia. They’re all great for attracting bees, but if you choose a perennial variety you’ll enjoy the benefits for many seasons.

Plant bee balm to attract pollinators.

Monarda
Commonly known as Bee Balm, Monarda is a member of the mint family. In addition to attracting pollinators to your garden, Monarda can be used to flavor drinks and is used medicinally. There are both annual and perennial varieties of bee balm and many different types of flowers.

Plant thyme to attract bees.

Thyme
You know this as a go-to herb in your spice cupboard, but the small flowers on thyme are very attractive to bees. Thyme grows low; try the variety “Mother of Thyme” for a great ground cover that will make the bees happy and be useful to you as well.

Plant lavender to attract bees.

Lavender
You know it for its fragrance; bees love it for the flowers. The flowers differ in shape from variety to variety, but all are attractive to honey bees. Lavender is also considered a culinary herb and can be used to flavor some of your kitchen creations.

Plant aster to attract bees.

Aster
There are many, many varieties of aster to choose from. The star-shaped flowers come in purples, pinks, and whites and often bloom in the fall, making it a great nectar source when many springtime flowers have stopped blooming.

Plant yarrow to attract pollinators.

Yarrow
Grown for its many medicinal benefits, the flat flower clusters of yarrow are a favorite landing spot for butterflies as well as bees. It’s a low maintenance perennial that tolerates heat and drought well, too.


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Save the bee!

Piccoli gesti per un grande risultato………

se una mela al giorno toglie il medico di torno… con un fiore per finestra avremo sempre la minestra…….

http://lastampa.it/2013/09/28/scienza/ambiente/il-caso/per-salvare-la-api-bastano-un-fiore-o-una-semplice-azione-rH89ydpRfqc3x6m9FgjOWK/pagina.html

se vuoi una casetta per gli insetti da mettere sul tuo balcone, o in giardino bella ed educativa per i tuoi figli…… contattami.

Ne realizzo anche per esigenze particolari: forma, colore, dimensione.

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non solo api… ma anche farfalle, coccinelle, api solitarie, pipistrelli e uccellini.

Casette, mangiatoie e ripari per superare l’inverno.


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Impollinators.

Don’t forget them, next year!

They are important for the result of your job in veggies garden.

Without them you don’t harvest squashes, cucumbers, melons, pumpinks at all;

tomatoes, peppers, aubergines wiil be very insufficent in proportion to the potentialities of your plants.

No words for what could happen in your fruit garden.

If you have few of these helpers, grow plants for attract them and plan a site for their life cycles and hotel where pass cold winter.

I’m sure you will notice the difference!

And your childs and you will enjoy of this show:

 

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Flowers for veggies.

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Bee upon mint flower.

Our veggies need insects to pollinate them: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, eggplants, kale, melons, okra, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, squash and tomatoes.

Tomatoes produce more fruit when visited by a bumblebee, and with-out  bees we don’t have squash.

For recall pollinators plant:

Larkspur: Delphinium (speronella)

Lavender: Lavanda

Cosmos: Cosmos

Sweet Peas: Lathyrus odoratus (pisello odoroso)

Zinnias: Zinnia

Purple Cornflower: Echinacea purpurea

Blueberry bushes: Vaccinum spp. (mirtillo)

Milkweed: Asclepias

Bee Balm: Monarda

Honeysuckle: Lonicera Caprifolium (caprifoglio)

Sunflowers: Helianthus annuus (girasole)

Sedum: Sedum

Salvia: Salvia officinale

Penstemon: campanelle d’estate

Goldenrod: Solidago

Chives: Allium schoenoprasum (erba cipollina)

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Butterfliy upon mint flower.

Beneficial insects  eat pests that plague our plants. They areLady Bugs, Lacewings, Parasitiod Wasps, and Ground Beetles.

To attract them plant:

Parsley: Petroselinum crispum (prezzemolo)

Dill: Anethum graveolens (aneto)

Coriander: Coriandrum sativum (colriandolo)

Asters: aster

Cornflower: Echinacea purpurea (Echinacea)

Cosmos: Cosmos

Zinnias: Zinnia

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Lavander dentata.

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Calendula

Some flowers have the ability to repel bad insects away from our plants:

Marigolds: Calendula officinale (tagete) (repel Asparagus Beetles and Nematodes)

Sage: Salvia officinale (repels Cabbage Moths and Carrot Rust Flies)

Scented Geraniums: Pelargonium (geranio profumanto) (repels Japanese Beetles)

Catmint: Nepeta cataria (erba gatta o menta gatta) (repels Aphids and Squash Bugs)

Borage: Borrago officinalis (borragine) (repels Tomato Hornworms)

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Borrago officinalis

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Borrago officinalis, flower.

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Sage

Visit Pollinator.org for planting guides