Winter care for pollinators
Gardeners are becoming more aware of pollinators and their important role in gardening. Often we help them in the spring and summer by planting host plants, providing habitat and places for water to collect. Late fall and winter are also times when we should be watching out for them and providing places to overwinter safely. This is easy to accomplish if we aren’t too tidy. A stack of logs with crevices and moss, a pile of small branches mixed with fallen leaves, or the undisturbed compost pile will do nicely. A low dish ( I use a pot saucer) dug into the soil a little will provide water collection during cold, dry periods. I have mason bees in my garden. This time of year I harvest the cocoons and store them in the refrigerator for the winter. Any other ideas?