July is the start of the peak harvest season for vegetable gardeners. The first fruits, vegetable and herbs are ready for use and flowers are ready for picking. Hopefully, the harvest just gets better from this point on. There's still time to sow seeds for cool season crops. Beets, short season carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce and other greens can still be planted for fall harvest.
Bees and butterflies are probably the best known pollinators. The Master Gardeners have written and done presentations on the need to provide native habitat for native bees and butterflies in our area. Most recently, the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon is heading a multi-group initiative to add more native plantings to support native pollinators in the Bemidji area. While butterflies and bees are the most efficient pollinators thanks to the body hairs they have that carry pollen from flower to flower, there are other hard working pollinators in the insect world.