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The Best Flowers for Your Pollinator Garden

The Best Flowers for Your Pollinator Garden

The Importance of Pollinator Gardens Bees are essential for the reproduction of many flowering plants and pollinate most agricultural crops. Sadly, pollinator populations have been on a steady decline due to habitat loss and the commercial use of pesticides. You can help save the wonderful pollinators of our earth by designing your very own pollinator garden! Here are 13 flowers that we love but will also help your garden thrive and attract the bees! 13 Pollinator Plants Borage Borage provides ample sweet nectar, which is perfect for bees.  Butterfly Bush An excellent choice for attracting butterflies!  Coneflower Butterflies and bees enjoy a drink of this flower’s sweet nectar. Cow Parsnip The cow parsnip is one of the best sources of nectar and pollen for a wide variety of pollinators, especially small bees, and wasps. The sap of it causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters and long-lasting scars. Ukraine Dahlia It’s best to choose the more open types of dahlias, such as the simple single or semi-double flowered types, which are hardy and low-maintenance plants that pollinators love. Daisy The classic white and yellow appearance usually associated with this flower is particularly adept at attracting helpful flying friends. Dandelion Dandelions are one of the easiest, hardiest plants that offer a surefire way to attract beneficial insects to your garden. Rather than getting rid of these bright yellow delights, we should be doing everything in our power to encourage them to grow! Goldenrod Planting late-season blooms like Solidago is key to keeping your new friends around, encouraging them to stay rather than moving on to greener pastures.  Lavender Bees go absolutely crazy for lavender, which also has other interesting properties that help with warding off unwanted insects, such as fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Marigold Marigold also comes with the added bonus of being excellent for improving soil health, and its roots are supposed to ward off disease-causing soil nematodes that often afflict tomatoes and other vegetables. Milkweed Butterflies, wild and domestic bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators enjoy visiting this flower. Snapdragon The snapdragon deliberately releases scent during the bumblebee’s most active hours during the day, which proves irresistible for the bee! Sunflower The beautiful sunflower is perfect for attracting insects. Local Seed Suppliers Sow True Seed Appalachian Seeds Eden…

A New Way To Drink Local

A New Way To Drink Local

Recently, the Charlotte, NC Culinary expert, Heidi Billotto shared her love for Jun. Heidi Billottos’s blog, Eat and Drink Local shares stories on the “all-you-want-to-know about farmers and chefs across the Carolinas”

The Benefits of Brewing at Home

The Benefits of Brewing at Home

While buying Jun from your local breweries (like us!) is easy and fun, there’s a special joy that comes from brewing your own (and with our kits, it’s easy too!)

Is Shanti-Jun Alcoholic?

Is Shanti-Jun Alcoholic?

We are often asked about the alcohol content of our Jun since it is made through fermentation. You may have even seen kombuchas that you have to get carded to purchase. Our Jun, however, is non-alcoholic and we’ve decided to give you all the details!