Fall clean-up time is here for my garden. Time to cut back perennials, compost all the dead branches or stems, and clean up the vegetable garden. It's also a great time of year to plant perennials. By planting in the fall, transplants can have a head start on establishing their roots systems before winter, and then use the warm weather of spring to grow.
We've had a couple of frosts here in Ottawa, so I am getting toward the end of the acceptable transplanting season. However, I plan to move a few things around in one of my beds to accommodate more native species. I have a butterfly garden in my back yard which has become desperately overgrown. I would like to change this bed to a true pollinator garden (attracting bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, flies). Our native pollinators, especially bees, are in decline. By planting native species, I can help attract native pollinators to our area, and hopefully, establish good habitat for them. Check out the Canadian Pollination Initiative (http://www.uoguelph.ca/canpolin/index.html) for scientific work being done on this issue.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Plant more native species (Day 71)
Posted by Eco Mama at 9:45 AM
Labels: bees, gardening, native plants, pollinators
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