This handout includes instructions for planting and follow-up care for successful habitat establishment of the 2023 Santa Fe pollinator habitat kits.
Cover crops have many traditional uses on farms, ranging from preventing erosion and improving soil health to suppressing weeds and breaking pest cycles. This bulletin will help farmers and managers use cover crops to attract and support pollinators and other beneficial insects on vegetable farms in the Upper Midwest, while also addressing other resource concerns.
This regional plant list highlights native plants that are highly attractive as food sources for adult pollinators; support caterpillars of butterflies and moths; serve as nesting material or sites for certain bees; provide pollen for bees with specialized pollen needs; and feed beneficial predators and parasitoids that contribute to pest control. For those looking for just a few key plants, our staff have flagged their favorites.
Typically, if soil gets much attention from the general public, it is simply for how well (or poorly) plants grow in it. Soil science—an incredibly rich, complex, and multifaceted academic discipline—has long recognized that Earth’s soils are a dynamic interaction of physical, chemical, and biological properties.