Insect food

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Goldenrod provides food for many beneficial insects. It deserves a place on your property where it won’t overwhelm more domesticated plants (if you can find such a place).

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Bruce Radzwion August 25, 2019, 2:41 am

I have 5 acres, half field/meadow, that I have owned since 2015, I have let things grow in areas, with raspberries, blackberries, Goldenrod, and Milkweed, and weeds, and grass…and planted things in those areas with them, like Hazelnuts, Lilacs, etc. But, I have Milkweed growing with my Goldenrod, who is going to win this environment?!?

Leo A Blair II September 15, 2013, 8:39 pm

Hello Kathy,
I’m really confused now that I’ve looked at photos of Rag weed and Golden rod on the internet?? Is there a particular smell to either one of these plants(weeds)? We are senior and have fell in love with gardening several years ago and the party goes on:-)).
We use to live in the Rochester area but moved in Apr 2013 to Massachusetts.
Our garden (Raised Beds) 30″ high have done real well this year. Tomatoes galore and 3 kinds of Kale all doing fine. Hope you have had a great year too.
Thanks , Leo on a mountain.

Kathy Purdy September 15, 2013, 9:34 pm

I think goldenrod has a fragrance. I don’t know how to explain it except that it reminds me of late summer. I wouldn’t try to sniff ragweed since it is full of pollen and causes hay fever in some people. I don’t know why you’re confused because the two plants really don’t look alike. Ragweed isn’t showy at all.

Leo A Blair II September 16, 2013, 6:30 am

Thanks for your email.
I will further investigate as our field has lots of yellow looking weeds?
Leo on a mountain.

PS Love your site.

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