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LancasterFarming.com – Late summer and fall plantings are central to birds and insects, says Judy Semroc, a conservation specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Ohio, who recently hosted a webinar at Butler County’s Penn State Extension Fall Gardening Seminar.
Semroc said some of the best plants with high pollen-nectar content to attract pollinators and support migratory species at this time of year don’t get much respect. That’s because they’re actually weeds. She listed Jewelweed, Sneezeweed, Milkweed, Ironweed, and Joe Pye weed among those plants with the bad name of a weed that should not overshadow their benefits to the insects and birds of the fall. Berries or weeds that produce fruit, such as pokeweed, also deserve credit for persisting into winter, when birds are in dire need of food.
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