With autumn approaching it is time to think about what to plant for next year. Believe it or not, autumn is the perfect time to plant native plant seedlings! Over the winter and early spring they have time to establish their root system. During the summer they will grow and thrive, and most will even provide their first blooms for you.
That said, I am happy to share whatever native plant seeds and seedlings I have with whomever in the area would like to take some home to plant. And if you do not have a place at your dwelling to put in some native plants, consider contacting your school, church, business, or area parks, nursing homes, etc., to see if they would like some perennials for their gardens.
Native plants are easy to care for. Once established they require little care. The most work I have to do in my native plant gardens is a little weeding and digging up seedlings. Super easy! The fun part of a native plant garden is all the wonderful wildlife that is attracted to the plants. I've never known such a wide variety of insects exist until I first planted Purple Coneflower and various Milkweeds and other native plants. Amazing number of species of bees alone! Once they bloom bees, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, hornets of all varieties visit the blooms and nectar and pollinate them. It is fun to watch!
So, if you live in the Springfield area, I invite you to visit me on Saturday, September 19 from 10-2 and Sunday, September 20 from 12-2 at Homegrown Food, 607 S Pickwick, Springfield.