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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goofy Bird, pollinators, and mulching

Our garden has a new protector! Mr. Goofy Bird! Mr. Goofy Bird, hovers over my Humming Bird Garden and fends off unwanted pests who destroy flowers. No, not really, but he sure looks cute! 

Flowers play an important roll in our eco-system because they attract pollinators like bees Humming Birds. This is why it is important to limit the usage of harmful pesticides which can deter and harm and or kill helpful pollinators. In some countries, like China for example, fruit crops like apples need to pollinated by hand because the use of pesticides.

Temperatures in the Albuquerque Metro area have risen significantly and there's no sign of rain. Master gardeners at the Bernalillo County Extension have advised that gardeners place at least one and one half inches of mulch around garden plants. Mulch helps retain moisture around plants. 

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