The Adirondack Pollinator Project is a partnership initiative led by ADKAction.org, with help from The Wild Center, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, Local Living Venture, and Common Ground Gardens in Saranac Lake. Our mission is to build awareness, knowledge, and understanding about the global and local importance of pollinators across the Adirondack region, and empower people to take individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive.
A Scientist's New Method
Planting for Pollinators
Pollinators are a diverse group, so the habitats needed to sustain them must be diverse as well. Here we will discuss how to plant a pollinator garden using seeds, a cost-efficient and effective method for attracting pollinators. Even if you don’t have a lot of land, planting a pollinator garden is possible. Seed packets range in size from covering a 3’ x 4’ area to acres. Be sure when choosing seed packets to look for native perennial species, then check the hardiness zone to make sure you are planting seeds meant for your climate. Let’s get started.
When to plant: In Spring after the danger of frost or in summer up to two months before frost.
How to plant: Find a sunny location (that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day) and remove existing plant growth. Scatter seeds evenly, compress into soil. Do not cover. Keep moist until seedlings are 6-8” high. After they are established they require (and prefer) minimal care.