It can be as simple as encouraging and sharing volunteer plants to hook a brand new wildlife gardener.
I’m always surprised when the “tidy factor” wins and a gardener feels compelled to whack back spent flowers and seed heads and send them off to the compost pile. I bite my tongue, but am deeply puzzled.
Many of us have learned to let the native wildflowers in our gardens go to seed. We’ve observed just how important the seed heads are to hungry birds through the summer, fall, and winter.
An added bonus is when some of the seeds fall to the ground and volunteers sprout in the garden path – young, sturdy, healthy native plants ready to be potted up and shared, like this New York Ironweed.
Any visiting family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or stranger (on one of the formal “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” that I lead) benefits from these garden gifts.
I give away hundreds of starter gardens by sharing my seedlings each year, all garden season long. The reward is great. Countless new gardeners have gotten back in touch with me to let me know how my seedling flourished, flowered, and attracted lovely new visitors to their garden. Over time, many of these new gardeners in turn share divisions or seedlings with others . . . all because I didn’t let the “tidy factor” win.
T r y i t a n d s e e
h o w m a n y n e w w i l d l i f e g a r d e n e r s
you can hook!
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