Creating a garden, whether it's for flowers or veggies, can seem like a daunting task, and with pollinator gardens being new to many people, it's understandable if you have questions and a bit of apprehension.
This article will help you pick the perfect spot for your pollinator garden and increase your chances of successfully attracting pollinators. The good news is, pollinator gardens are pretty easy to plant.
Things to consider when choosing the site for your garden include:
- How big you want it to be
- What areas get the right amount of sun
- What the soil is like
- What will work for you
So let's stop buzzing around and dig into these topics!
How Big Should a Pollinator Garden Be?
There is no minimum or maximum size when it comes to pollinator gardens; in fact, every little bit helps. Whether you can dedicate an entire acre or a single container, pollinators will appreciate it in their own pollinator way.
If you are new to gardening or limited on space, consider starting small with just a few containers. This will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by how much work a garden can require.
How Much Sun Does a Pollinator Garden Need?
Ideally, a garden will receive 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. If you have an area in mind, check on it throughout the day to determine when it starts getting sun, when it stops, and any large shadows that might block the sun during the day.
If your yard doesn't have an area that gets full sun (6 to 8 hours), it doesn't mean you can't plant a garden, just that you will need to choose plants accordingly. Look for plants that only require part sun, which is 3 to 6 hours.
Keep in mind when selecting your site that south-facing gardens or gardens that enjoy midday sun tend to be healthier and stronger than gardens that only get sun in the morning or evening.
Does the Soil in my Pollinator Garden Matter?
The type of soil you have will determine whether you plant in the ground or in containers. Test your soil to find its pH and if the proper nutrients are available. If you choose to plant in the ground, use organic compounds like compost and mulch to improve the soil and avoid chemical fertilizers as these can be harmful to pollinators.
Is it the Right Site for You?
The most important factor to consider when choosing a location for your pollinator garden is if it is in a spot that works for you. A pollinator garden is a beautiful thing that will attract all types of bugs and animals. Try to put it in a location that will not only be convenient for watering and maintenance, but also where you can enjoy the view.
Now that you probably have a site in mind, it's time to choose the right plants for your new pollinator garden.