Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale
AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is delighted to offer its 4th Annual Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale. Whether you plant a few plants or many, you will help rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and strengthen native bee and moth populations.
This year we have carefully chosen 17 varieties of native flowering plants to benefit pollinators that live in the Adirondacks. We are offering smaller plants at lower prices this year to make pollinator conservation more affordable and to increase the ecological impact of our sale for pollinators. Pollinator conservation experts recommend planting varieties in masses, or groups of 3, to help pollinators easily find the pollen or nectar source you are providing. The plants this year are landscape plugs – either 2″ by 2″ (2.4″ deep) containers or 2.2″ by 2.2″ (4″ deep). These will have healthy roots and will triple in size in their first season if properly cared for. They will be ready to plant directly in your garden and may even bloom during their first season. All of the plants offered have been carefully sourced or grown from seed to ensure that they have never come in contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides that are harmful to pollinators).
Plant Pick-Up will be available at the VIC at Paul Smiths College on June 10, 11, and 12 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day, at the Minerva Beach Pavilion on June 10 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Indian Lake Library on June 12 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, and at Mossbrook Roots Flower Farm in Keeseville on June 12 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask and engage in social distancing at all times during plant pick-up.
*Please note: all plants available through this sale are grown naturally and are not treated with pesticides. As a result, they may have some insect damage, which is expected since these plants are safe for pollinators. Depending on growing conditions, we reserve the right to substitute similar plants or offer a refund at the time of pick-up to account for losses or other unforeseen issues. *
Congratulations on your pollinator garden! You are making a difference. Your efforts are increasing populations of Monarch butterflies, native bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators in the Adirondacks. Just imagine how beautiful and beneficial your garden will be as it grows and flourishes. To get you started and ensure your garden flourishes and expands its value for pollinators, we have some tips and tricks for you!
If you are adding plants to an existing garden
- Remove weeds while they are small in the spring, and keep up with weeding throughout the season. Weeds outcompete many plants, robbing them of moisture, nutrients, and sunlight.
- Prune all overwintered stalks to within 6” of the ground.
- Divide and transplant plants that are overgrown or crowding others. Dig, divide, and transplant clumps around the garden or better yet create new pollinator plantings.
- Remove any dead, weak, or infected plants.
- Replace plants that you’ve removed with the new plants you’ve purchased from our annual plant sale.
- Clean-up garden beds by removing any dead and infected plant material.
- Add compost or fertilizer to beds close to plants and gently work it into the soil being careful not to damage plant roots.
- Avoid mulch, or at least leave some areas of bare soil exposed for ground nesting bees. If you decide to mulch some areas, cover bare earth with weed suffocating mulch like straw, shredded leaves, grass clippings, newspapers, compost, or natural wood chips.
- Weed – yes, again. Diligence is a gardener’s most powerful ally. Deal with weeds as soon as they appear so that in the future you will be able to spend less time weeding and more time enjoying your garden.
If you are creating a new garden from scratch, you might consider a no-till garden installation that will keep soil structure and microbes intact, keep sequestered carbon in the soil, and prevent erosion. To start a no till garden:
- Select an area in your yard that will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
- Lay out material such as paper grocery store bags, cardboard, or newspapers.
- Use a hose with a wand attachment or a watering can to wet the material down.
- Cover the material with heavy compost and leaves, grass clippings, or pine needles. Lay the organic material on thick, ideally 12 inches, and water it well.
- Plant directly into the thick compost and mulch mix.