Planting a Bee Pollinator Garden at St. Mike's
Today, we planted one of soon-to-be many pollinator gardens in Isla Vista in order to help save our declining native bee population. To prepare for this event, we sent out a google form on our Instagram for volunteers to sign up a few weeks beforehand. Our team of volunteers, which included UCSB students, CCBER staff, and St. Mike's church, arrived at St. Michael's University Chuch (aka St. Mike's) at 9:00 AM. We started off by levelling the ground and mapping out the location for two 5'x10' raised beds. Then, we drilled together wooden frames for the beds and attached gopher wire to the bottom before filling both beds with soil. Finally, we planted and watered White sage, Caterpillar Phacelia, Deerweed, and Santa Barbara Milkvetch. These plants are native to Santa Barbara and specifically attract native bees. We also made sure to take breaks to chat about bees and check out cool native bee specimens that Katja brought!