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Supporting Pollinators

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Every third bite you eat comes to you courtesy of pollinators. Pollinators are insects --- bees, wasps, honeybees, beetles, flies, butterflies and moths (and occasionally bats and hummingbirds) that transfer pollen from male flower structures to the female parts of flowers. Without their work, we wouldn’t have pumpkins, melons, squash, apples, pears, and many other foods, spices, and fibers that support life on earth. Habitat loss, diseases, parasites, overly tidy landscapes, and sadly certain pesticide applications have caused grave loses in our pollinator population. We can make a difference by choosing plants that support these animals. The Xerces society, and the Pollinator Partnership, have resources to help you get started. Fall is a great time to add new plants to your landscape – make them bee friendly!

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.