Today, I planted another area with the Monarch Butterfly and Honey bee Mix I purchased from Sharp Seed Company. This area has Iris , day lilies , tulips and Periwinkle. I tired to remove most of the periwinkle but left the rest. Now all it needs to do is rain. I just might start watering this area since it is near the house.
Last month I had planted a mixture of prairie grass and this Monarch Butterfly & Honey bee seed mixture. We have not gotten rain yet so I am hoping for some soon to get the seed to germinate. In front and the side of the prairie grass and wildflower mixture I will be planting the Pheasant Bundle plants I ordered from the Kansas Forest Service. These will also be good for the quail in the area. My plan is to increase habitat for pheasants and other grassland-dependent species combined with habitat that will also increase populations of native pollinators,
Yesterday I transferred some wild plums to this area near the road. This will provide animal cover and a wind and dust break. There is some wild plums I transferred last year and other plants good for birds.
I also ordered a queen castle hive from Golden Prairie Honey Farm. This will be my new to go to place for ordering supplies. Golden Prairie Honey Farms is a beekeeping supply and honey production business that serves as a training program for veterans and transitioning service members. You can order and have items shipped or call ahead to get supplies. Later I will update about my queen making.