An Update on the front yard

In a previous post titled Landscaping for Nature I told of someone complaining about our front yard. It’s been about a month and we haven’t heard anything else (fingers crossed) After recieving the letter, we cut down some of the milkweed whose flowers had gone by and were of the size that the monarch butterflies wouldn’t need for food, and tried to make things look more like groupings with some space around them. There are also still a lot of mixed plants growing together. After all, that’s what makes it look like a natural landscape. I’ve thought of, and other people have suggested making little signs identifying the different types of plants. I just haven’t had time to do it yet.

The white sweet clover is turning to seed. I will strip off some seed and cut some of those plants back to make things look neater.  Another thing about weeds is that they supply seeeds for the birds and small animals. In the wintertime, it’s fun to watch the birds land onthe tall plants and eat their seeds.  Speaking of birds, the cardinals and sparrows have raised more babies and are bringing them around to visit the feeders. You can always tell the young by their incessant chirping and they rapidly flutter their wings while sitting and waiting for a meal.  Life is good.

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About Beekeeping in the Berkshires

Here at Berkshire Farms Apiary we've been keeping bees and making honey since 2005, with hives in most of the surrounding towns. We also make pure beeswax candles, lip balm, and hand salve, as well as give presentations. As secretary of the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association, I am very active in the local beekeeping community.
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