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Community Nutrition Education Services Inc.
“Small Family Farm Project”
Installment #19

October –November-December, 2017

The Weather; Winter Gardening; Nectar for the Honeybees and Butterflies

The weather conditions are always of primary concern to those of us who grow vegetables and fruits.  During the past quarter, the temperatures ranged from 89 degrees (October, 2017) to a wind-chill that was below freezing at the end of December, 2017. This was important as it was the first time that we had planted vegetables after October (winter garden). There was a limited amount of rain so the watering of plants, at least 3 times weekly, continued through November. The vegetables included hardy greens including collards, turnips, and rutabagas. Due to the continuing good weather, including plenty of sunshine, the winter garden seemed to be a good idea through November. Then the brutally cold temperatures at the end of December left everything frozen solid.  The lesson learned was the power effect of weather conditions on farming efforts.

The honeybees and butterflies were still foraging for nectar in October. Even through the plants were producing very little food for human consumption at the time, the honeybees and butterflies had ‘live plants’ to gather nectar during the months of October and November. The photos below depict the blossoms that were attracting the honeybees and butterflies during the month of October.



Azela
marigold
Marigold
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Okra
Okra
Pumpkin
Pumpkin
purple_hull_peas
Purple Hull Peas
Roses
Roses
tomatoes and cucumbers
Tomatoes and Cucumbers