Saturday, August 10, 2013

Some small visitors benefit you, and your garden

You bee my friend, flowers for you

San Jose Mercury News/Home and Garden/John Morris, 8/7/13.  "Our garden:  Bees and bats and owls."

Who?  You.
You're welcome to eat my rodents.
Gardeners sometimes have the reputation of being at odds with nature, battling pests to ensure a bountiful harvest. Yet there are several ways gardeners and nature can live in harmony, especially when it comes to bees, bats and owls.

.... "...  Putting up an owl box will benefit the gardener as well as the owls.  .... In one year, one owl will eat about 1,000 rodents. They will take even more to feed a common family of four chicks. ... 

How about living elsewhere, 
we're just not that into you
....  More than 1,600 species of native bees exist in various sizes, making them important for the pollination of smaller flowers that honey bees are too big for. .... Don't worry about identifying the bee, Murphy says. Just grow flowers for them.

....  Experts don't recommend putting bat houses near homes because of the risk of rabies associated with bats. ....  The best place for bat houses are beneath bridges spanning creeks, where the insect population is ample.",   Read article.

Note:  Bat from Pinterest, Animals - Birds and Bats.  Bee from  Poems and prose blog, UKBat from Bay Nature, photo by Robert Bloomberg. "Many bats, like this pallid bat, roost inside trees or other protected places, emerging at sunset to hunt."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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