by Doyle Wayman
:Fall is a great time to start native plants in your Pollinator Garden or your Vegetable Garden. If you add a few native plants to your vegetable garden, you’ll increase the interest that pollinators will have in frequenting it, because those plants produce a higher sugar content in their bloom's nectar than other non-native plants; the result is that those pollinators will pollinate your garden and produce a better crop.
My recommendation is to select the type of native plants you’d like to see in your landscape or garden. That is based on:
These plants sprout best when soil temperatures stay around 90ºF. I start seeds indoors and set out theseedlings as soon as they are 4 inches tall. I try and get them transplanted by the end of October, watering them for a few months and protecting them from the rabbits until they are mature enough to survive on their own. Some may go dormant in the winter (they are growing roots in the soil), and most will come back in the spring.
Typical plants that work well here in pollinator landscapes or gardens include:
all photos by Doyle Wayman
*editor's note: It is unlawful to collect seeds or plants on public lands without a permit. If you are interested in obtaining native plant seeds please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will pass on your request to Doyle.