Transforming Your Garden: How To Help The Bees Throughout The Fall

 

Thank you to Christy Erickson for submitting this article, apologize it’s a little late. ❤

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Many people keep their gardens lush and full in the spring and summer but put everything to bed once fall rolls around, unaware that they can have a lovely floral space even when the weather turns cool that will help their local bee population.

Keeping the bees fed and happy will ensure that they keep up their amazing work within our food production system, as bees play a role in about ⅓ of all the foods we eat.
Because these tiny creatures are still so active during fall months, it’s important to give them space to rest, eat, and drink since these can be hard to find when it gets cooler outside. Planting colorful flowers to attract their attention and leaving some green space will work wonders when it comes to helping them stay safe and happy. Read on for tips on how you can create a fall pollinator garden in your own backyard.

Go native

It’s a good idea to plant flowers that are native to your region, so do some research on which ones naturally grow in your state. These will flourish in your climate, and when planted in clusters, will attract local bees and help them feed more efficiently. Avoid modern “hybrid” flowers, which are often lacking in pollen and nectar.

Say no to pesticides

It’s an unfortunate truth that many gardeners are well aware of; pests will hang out around your flowers at just about any time of year, and they can do some damage if you don’t take steps to keep them under control. Pesticides, however, are full of chemicals that can do bees harm; in fact, those chemicals are part of the reason the bee population has dwindled in recent years. Instead, look for natural alternatives, such as a spray made with soap, to keep those bugs from eating up your plants.

Do some research

You may begin by choosing flowers that are native to your area, but it’s important to do some research into which plants are best for the bees. Pagoda dogwood, ninebarks, and hydrangeas are great options for year-round plants, and sunflowers are wonderful additions to a fall garden. Any flower that has a large, broad, flat face is great for bees because it gives them a sturdy place to land and feed. For more info on how best to landscape for fall, check out this article.

Give them a drink
Bees get thirsty too, but stopping for a drink can be hazardous to these tiny creatures. Give them a safe place to do so by setting out a small bowl of water with protruding stones so the bees will have a place to land and drink safely.

Give them shelter

Create a place for your local bees to rest and find protection from the elements by leaving dead tree limbs where they are or planting dense shrubs. While some bees burrow underground, others prefer to nest, so give them a spot to do it in. Read on here for tips on how to build a bee condo.

Leave some green space

Think about planting some evergreens around your home, which will provide shelter for the bees and give them a place to rest. It can be hard for them to find viable food sources in the fall, but it can also be hard to find a spot for protection since many people bundle up their gardens once the weather turns cool. Don’t worry about mulching and leave some open green space instead.

Remember that bees are more interested in the flowers than they are in you. Most won’t bother humans unless they are provoked, so talk to your family about allowing them to go about their business without interference. This will help keep the bee population where you live thriving and growing.

Sweet Corn from Day Farms and more at PC Farmers Market tomorrow!

If you haven’t made it over to the Park City Farmer’s Market yet this season -you’re missing out! Get out of that office and make it over to the market for your best choice in local Utah fruits and veggies. No need to worry how your food was grown, you can ask the farmers themselves! Tomorrow we will have some highly anticipated delicious sweet corn from Day Farms in Layton, don’t miss! ❤

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Fresh Utah Apricots are ON today at the Farmer’s Market, happy Bday to Vman!

Hey #ParkCity head on down to the Farmer’s Market, we have fresh Utah apricots today. Happy 49th birthday to Vman, our founder and market manager! ❤

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Park City Farmer’s Market 15 YEARS Strong!

Looking for some farm fresh food? The Park City Farmers Market has been going strong for the last 15 years. Local Baker and Farmers Market manager Volker Ritzinberg introduces us to the market, and explains why this farmers market stands out from the rest. The Park City Farmers market is held at Canyons Resort every Wed from 12-6 during the summer and fall growing and harvest months. Come check it out!

KEEP CALM Park City, Utah Farmer’s Market is TODAY

Hey Park City, don’t forget TODAY is Farmer’s Market day, we’re open till 6pm but don’t waste another minute to get here! You don’t want to miss all the awesome local goods Utah has to offer, stop by the Canyons Resort parking lot and stock up on your weekly supply! Hang out, grab some lunch, and check out all your Utah local vendors! ❤ See you there!

Keep Calm and go to the Farmers Market

 

Farmer’s Market September 18, 2013!

Happy Hump day! More importantly, happy Farmer’s Market day at The Canyons Resort! Don’t forget to swing by, we are open until 6pm for all your local fresh veggies, fruits, local food and gift vendors! See you there! 😀

Farmers Market at The Canyons Resort

got boysenberries? Get them today! #parkcity #utah #farmers

Got boysenberries? Head down to the Park City Farmer’s Market TODAY from noon till 6pm at The Canyons Resort for best selection of Utah’s finest grown foods. We offer the very best organic, no spray, NON GMO food you can find in this wonderful State!

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Park City Farmer’s Market Best Local Utah Produce

The Park City Farmer’s Market is in full swing. This is the best time of the year to come out and enjoy the fresh local produce from the efforts of your local Utah Farmers. The Park City Farmer’s Market is making a strong effort to support our local and non-GMO Farmer’s, using all organic and no pesticide spray methods. Please come out and enjoy the market today and invite your friends/family.

Park City Farmer's Market every Wednesday at The Canyons Resort

Time to start your Organic Heirloom Gardens! #Utah

Hello market fans!

We hope you are excited for our 2013 NON-GMO season coming soon. Our first day of the season will be Wednesday June 5th from noon till 6pm. Hope to see you there.

In the meantime, if you are looking to start a wonderful garden this year, then please consider Organic Heirloom seeds from our friends at Kenyon Organics.

Salt Lake City Organic Heirloom Seeds

Thank you and look forward to seeing you all this year!

~ The Park City Farmer’s Market team

Park City Farmer’s Market says NO to GMO!

US lawmakers may not be willing to give the people what they want due to corporate “influencers”, however, the Park City, Utah Farmer’s Market does not bow down to such bologna. We want YOU to know exactly what you are getting when you purchase from the PC Farmer’s Market -YOU have a right to know! That is why the 2013 market will not allow any genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) by any of our vendors in their products or foods.

Park City says NO to GMO!