Fall is here! My fields are glowing with bright yellow goldenrods. All of my favorite fall pollinators and flower visitors are showing up. And every day the smell of fall is just a little stronger. This really is my favorite time of the year!
I know we all traditionally think of spring as planting season, but fall is the absolute best time to plant native perennial flowers, trees, and shrubs.
- The heat and humidity of summer is over.
- We usually get fairly regular rainfall so you don’t have to worry too much about watering.
- The plants aren’t in a “major vegetative growth” mode like they are in the spring, which means they have more energy to put towards root establishment.
- This fall, the roots will keep growing until the soil temperature drops to somewhere between 55 and 32 degrees, depending on the plant species, which around here could be as late as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- Then next spring, as the soil warms up, the roots will begin to grow again, often before new vegetative growth begins.
All of this results in a much stronger and better established plant next spring when it does hit that “major vegetative growth” mode.
My next pre-ordered deliveries will be September 24 (Glasgow) and September 25 (Bowling Green). If you are interested in native plants, then I highly recommend getting them then for all the reasons I listed above.
Also, for my Tennessee readers, I will be at the Tennessee Honey Festival in Nashville on October 3. I will likely have native plants available there as well. If you want to put in a pre-order for pick-up at the Honey Festival so that you know I have what you want, then I can work with you on that too.
I am so excited to have all of my 2021 honey bottled, labeled, and ready to go. My girls continue to produce a beautiful light amber colored honey. (There are official color standards for honey, and so far, mine has always graded as a light amber.) This honey is what I harvested in July 2021, so is from nectar that my honey bees harvested in during the spring and early summer.
I’ve sold out of quite a few species for the season, but still have a bunch available. Many of the trees and shrubs are 2-3 feet tall. I can’t emphasize enough that this is the best time to plant natives. A full list of everything I currently have available can be found below.
Here is the list of everything I’ll have available for the September 24 and 25 pre-ordered deliveries. If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can. If you want to put in an order, just send me an email with what you want.