I have been planting food plots for pheasants and other wildlife.
Locating these plots near areas of good wildlife habitat will put food close to protective cover. Meanwhile the pollinator plants are thriving in these areas as well; bees and butterflies are evident.
Although the Canadian thistle is not a welcome addition to most farms, the gold finches seem to like them as they begin to nest. They eat the thistle seeds and use the down in their nests. Sometimes farming is truly for the birds! And bees. A good summer read is “God in a God-Forsaken Land.” Find out a bit more of what this land was like in the 1870s.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..