Getting Started with Native Plants

Co-written by Sarah @littlelovelywhatnots and Dan Barron A lighting bug rests under the flower of Anemone virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed). | Photo by Sarah Barron No matter your garden, or gardening experience, planting native species can be aesthetically pleasing while contributing to local biodiversity. To some, the “native” gardening journey may seem daunting. We’re writing to … Continue reading Getting Started with Native Plants

On Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids (neo-nih-CAH-tin-oids) are systemic chemicals, which are absorbed into the plant's vascular system, leaving the entire plant toxic to both target and non-target insects.  Systemic chemicals affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. This class of insecticides is particularly harmful to bees as accumulated neonicotinoids are consumed by adults or … Continue reading On Neonicotinoids

Townline Road Summary 2013

Red cordage marks my west seeding boundary The Townline Road property is located two miles SE of Leaf River Illinois. Consisting of a dry-mesic  limestone hill with wet-mesic oak savanna remnant at the base, the property was inherited by my mother and totals 40 acres. This property has been in continual grazing for at least … Continue reading Townline Road Summary 2013