Pollinators On The Prairie

Inspired by visits to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, we’ve been adding prairie plants to attract pollinators and sustain our dwindling Monarch populations. We’ve been especially impressed with a bonus plant that must have been included in a package of milkweed seed. Snow on the Mountain, also known as Bishop’s Weed is a statuesque plant […]

Sunflowers Always Shine in TomatoTown

Buzz Buzz Buzz

Throughout the intense heat of the summer and into the beginnings of fall weather, our sunflowers have thrived, blooming without restraint.

tomatotown, sunflowers, seeds, birds

Ah, Sunflower!

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time, Who countest the steps of the Sun: Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveller’s journey is done; Where the Youth pined away with desire, And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow Arise from their graves and aspire Where my Sun-flower wishes to go. William Blake, 1757–1827

Plenty of Blossoms

We’ve had friends tell us that while they have many blossoms this year, they have no tomatoes on their vines yet. Admittedly, it has been a strange spring, but one good trick for pollinating, is to give your plants a good shake now and then. It will get the pollen moving and your tomatoes grooving.

Send in the Pollinators

Bee Time

The Siren song of blooms, both native and exotic, lure bees into our garden to help with the pollination of our fruits and vegetables.  Of course, tomatoes and peppers, are self-pollinated but they do benefit from the assistance of bees. Our first step was to avoid the use of pesticides.  That was easy.  The next […]