Without pollination there would be no new seed, no new crops for animals and no food in our supermarkets. (No supermarkets may be good news for several reasons but I will put up with them to keep being fed).
Wind pollination may work for some plants particularly those with catkins that shed pollen in copious quantities. The main pollinators in a garden are insects and they deserve our respect. There have been scare stories about the declining population of Bees so I was pleased to capture (in photos ) these bees hard at work on my Crocus crop last week.
Tips to Aid Pollination
- Avoid using pesticides.
- Grow plants that attract and feed butterflies, birds and insects.
- Make insects safe and at home in your garden.
- Do not expect F1 plants to pollinate.
- Hand pollinate your curcurbits (courgettes, marrows and cucumbers).
- Tap flowering greenhouse tomato plants to get the pollen into the air and thus other flowers.