There is nothing more rewarding then getting to taste the fruits of your labor -- literally! I love homegrown tomatoes in the summer and snipping fresh herbs from plants right outside of my house all year long. Rosemary thrives in NC and doubles as food for pollinators and a natural mosquito repellant. Tomatoes, sweet potatoes and basil are good starters and do well in NC summers. Kale, lettuce and other greens are great crops for colder seasons.
Other delicious pollinator friendly plants (the bees + butterflies are in need!) are milkweed, white clover, and flowering herbs such as mint and basil. And more pollinators means less mosquitoes. And less mosquitoes means a more enjoyable outside for everyone.
Dig in, get dirty and grow something you (and the bees) can munch on! Show us your gardens, new bed beginnings or starter plants to inspire those around you to plant some too. Got a tip or a trick? Please share!
While it’s pollinating season take note of the wildlife in your yard and choose hand removal of weeds, opting out of chemicals that poison up the food chain. What do you see outside? How else can you support wildlife in the yard?
Save money — what you grow you don’t have to buy.
Exercise and be in nature.
Connect with the Earth.
Grow something nourishing.
Enjoy a sense of accomplishment in cultivating something you can eat!
Help prevent erosion.
Improve yard aesthetics