Foster Hill Farm Herbs
We have expanded our herb list for 2021. Please click here for a complete list:
Herbs as Pollinator Attracting Plants (PAP)
Many of the herbs are great pollinator attractors. Borage is an FHF Favorite. It is not only a strong pollinator attractor but can also be used in culinary, muddled in drinks and as a stunning cut flower. We will have it again this year along with many other pollinator attractors.
Lavender, 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.