I’ll bet you have a gardening project planned this weekend or next. Here’s some time-saving advice: Don’t clear your garden in the fall.
- Seeds on the old plants provide winter food for birds and animals.
- Insects overwinter on plants in egg masses, cocoons and galls. Birds eat those insects.
- The brush provides shelter for the birds.
- You won’t have to mulch.
- You’ll enjoy watching birds among the old plants.
The photo at top shows that an old goldenrod gall contained food for a woodpecker. He hammered a hole to get the bug.
On Throw Back Thursday, read more about this time saving plan in a 2010 article: Why Not to Clear Your Garden
p.s. The only downside I can think of is this: It’s hard to plant bulbs when the old stuff is in the way.
(photo from Wikimedia Commons; click on the caption to see the original)