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Our most recent article, as published in the Mt. Democrat newspaper:  

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Three Simple Ways to Attract More
Pollinators to Your Garden
Raymond Schoenwandt
UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male part of a flower, known as the anther, to the female part of the flower known as the stigma. This allows plants to reproduce to make seeds, and in the process, many of the fruits, vegetables, and grains we enjoy eating. Wind and water are only responsible for pollinating twenty percent of the plants in need of pollination, the other eighty percent requires a visit by a pollinator. Attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, moths, beneficial flies, hummingbirds and bats is essential for your garden if you want to grow vegetables or fruit. Pollinators are considered keystone species, meaning that a large number of other plants and animals are dependent on them in order to reproduce or eat.

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