Spring is finally here and it’s time to get your hands dirty. Channel your inner green thumb and get outside to enjoy what Mother Nature has given us.
1) Visit some pollinator gardens for inspiration
The City of Mississauga has new pollinator-friendly gardens in Streetsville, Dr. Martin L. Dobkin Park and at Port Credit Library that contain perennial flowers and plants to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
2) Plan your indoor or outdoor garden
Take some time to research the best plants for your home, balcony, patio or yard. You want to make sure that the plants you choose will thrive in your chosen location.
3) Plant pollinator-friendly flowers or create a bee house
Whether you have a yard, porch, balcony or a small outdoor space, you can always plant pollinator-friendly flowers. A pollinator garden can be any size and helps attract pollinators, like bees and butterflies, to help plants produce fruits and seeds. You can also build a bee house to provide a nesting site for bees.
4) Build a rain garden
The water that runs off roofs, roads and driveways can collect pollutants like dirt, fertilizer, chemicals, oil, garbage and bacteria. To help keep stormwater clean, you can build a rain garden that contains soil and plants to help slow down the runoff and allow it to soak into the soil where it’s cooled and cleaned..
6) Try planting fruits, vegetables or microgreens in your garden
Consider planting lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini and peppers or herbs like basil, dill, mint or thyme.
7) Conserve water
Conserving water helps the planet, so only water your garden when the soil is dry. You can also consider place a rain barrel at the end of your downspout to collect rainwater to use for your garden.