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Friday Favorites: The Pollinator Bed

September 6th, 2019

This spring I added a new pollinator garden by the driveway. It fills a space that was awkward, as well as quite dangerous to mow. I mulched the area heavily last fall with cardboard and compost, this spring I filled it with plants that pollinators love. I took care to select plants that bloomed at different times, so there’s be food in this area all year long. Currently it’s filled with anise hyssop, turtlehead flower, marjoram, echinacea, and Chinese chive blooms.



I’m currently planning spring bulbs to extend the season as early as possible. Deer and rodent proof bulbs are a must, as the deer have been nibbling and tasting what’s in this flowerbed already.

What’s your favorite pollinator plant? Do you have any great early bulbs to recommend?

Beautiful Natives

July 31st, 2018

I’ve had echinacea blooming in my gardens for as long as I can remember. A few years ago, I purchased a pack of seeds with the intention of starting a mass planting on the hillside behind the garage. Last year, I sowed a row of seeds in the vegetable garden in early spring. They germinated well, grew well, and I transplanted them this spring.


They’re blooming beautifully this year and the bees and butterflies are really enjoying them. I plan on saving seed from these beauties to start more and more plants. Eventually, I’ll have a HUGE swatch of them growing on the hillside behind the garage (across from the main entrance to the vegetable garden). Not only will they be much better than the weeds that are growing there now, they will provide much food for pollinators. Echinacea is probably my favorite native wildflower, I love that it’s so delicate in beauty, but tough as nails as a plant.

Do you grow any native wildflowers in your garden? Which is your favorite?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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