How to Help Feed Pollinators into Late Fall

How to Help Feed Pollinators into Late Fall

The leaves are changing here in Tennessee.  The air is getting cooler in the evening and you can just feel fall in the air.  We are still working around the homestead getting things ready for the cold temperatures that we know are not far away.

Fall is a great time for the birds and bears.  Natural areas are full of seeds and berries, but our pollinators food source is quickly ending.  They have gone all summer feeding off the nectar and pollen in the flowers and then fall arrives and their food source is quickly slowing.

While cleaning up the garden, I noticed the zinnias, marigolds and verbena that were still blooming was swarmed by butterflies and bumblebees.  I had let a large basil plant go to flower and it too was covered with bees.

Pollinator on Zinnia

I’m so enamoured watching them.  They are so wise, totally focused on the task at hand, they know winter is just around the corner and they are doing all they can to prepare.  Read more

6 Tips to Prepare your Vegetable Garden for Winter

6 Tips to Prepare your Vegetable Garden for Winter

I have mixed emotions about fall coming though I must say it is my favorite season as far as decorating and the colors. We have a long growing season here and it has been in full force since mid-May with canning, freezing, and preserving food.  This is another mixed emotion as well because it’s sad to see the plants dying but also its exciting to stand in the canning room and admire all the jars of food I have put away for winter.

Canned Goods from the Vegetable Garden

The end result of the long hot days in the kitchen are coming to an end but the different colors of food in the jars are as pretty, to me, as the fall leaves on the trees. Read more