Foster Hill Farm Herbs
We have expanded our herb list for 2020. Please click here for a complete list:
2020 Herbs - What's New?
We added 20 new herb varieties with a big focus on pollinators with the herbs. In 2019 we featured Borage which is a strong pollinator attractor and is also used in culinary and as a stunning cut flower. We will have it again this year along with many other pollinator attractors.
Joe Pye Weed, Giant Allium, Lavendar, Oregano, Thyme, Fennel, Dill, Mint, Chives and Hyssop are just a few herbs that will bring bees and butterflies to your garden.
Fennel attracts a variety of beneficial insects including ladybugs, syrphid flies, tachninid flies, beneficial parasitoid wasps and hoverflies and other beneficial predator insects to your garden. Aphids are said to find fennel exceptionally offensive and are strongly repelled by it.
You might also find Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars hanging out on your fennel. Not to worry, they will become butterflies before long and your fennel will remain in tact and keep attracting all of the beneficial predator insects all season long.
Why Attract Pollinators?
Pollination is mutually beneficial to plants and to pollinators. Pollination results in the production of seeds and is necessary for many plants to reproduce. These plants are often a food source or a habitat for animals and insects alike.
Meanwhile, pollinators receive nectar and/or pollen rewards from the flowers that they visit.