Plans for the New Year

Happy 2022!

January is a great time to make plans for the coming year. Buy a notebook for a journal and use it to keep all your pollinator gardening information. List the plants growing in your habitat. Include the name of seed companies, plant name, variety, planting date and flower date. During the growing season keep notes on how well the plants do and if there are any issues. All this information will be helpful when you are ready to add new plants. I also enjoy visiting other gardens to get ideas. The Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium have beautiful butterfly gardens.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium butterfly gardens.

Lists! I need lists to help me with my plans for the new year. My favorite list is what plants am I going to add to the pollinator habitat. Annual flowers, perennials, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables are all great additions to a habitat. It is also important to consider bloom time. Early blooming plants are just as important as summer and fall bloomers. If you need help with plant selection, a good list to start with is the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program. This plant list has plants that bloom from March to October and are well suited for Nebraska.

The Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program has a new website:

https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/douglas-sarpy/nebraska-pollinator-habitat-certification/

Have a great new year!

MJ Frogge

About MJ Frogge

UNL Extension Horticulturist Lancaster County

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