Outdoor family-time is waning (for some) as the daylight slips faster and further down into the southern hemisphere. But before you start dreaming of snow forts, consider at least one more backyard foray this Fall – one that promises many entertaining hours for kids, environmental payoff, and a jumpstart on a low-maintenance garden in the Spring.

Prep a wildflower garden. Native wildflowers are easy to plant and care for, produce long-lasting blooms, and support many crucial pollinators in your area. Optimal planting time is coming up fast (for all regions of the United States). Below, you’ll find all the direction and inspiration (facts, videos, books & gear, and a playlist) needed to transform those weedy flower-beds or incessant lawns into a hands-free meadow.

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When to plant seeds

Fall planting is best in all regions of the U.S.

When to plant if you get no frost
When to plant if you get mild frost
When to plant if you get more than 60 days of frost

Plan, prep, plant

Purchase regional wildflower seed mixes that target pollinators. Poppies, sunflowers, mint, and thyme are all big winners with bees. Make sure you find a good mix that’s Non-GMO, Neonicotinoid-Free, and nectar rich. (Get 10% off a great pollinator mix)

 

Clear a patch of earth by digging up grass or clearing weeds. Spread a thin layer of potting soil over the area. Alternately, fill window boxes or free-standing pots.

 

Shake the seeds over your preped area and gently press the seeds into the soil (some flowers won’t germinate if they’re covered with soil).

 

Water immediately and then follow the directions on the packet for watering frequency.

Get even more details about planting your wildflower patch.

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Facts, books, gear, and songs related to the outdoors. Turn this into a learning opportunity…

Facts about bees for the kids

A bee's brain chemistry changes if they change jobs in the hive.

Hive Jobs: Queen, Drones, Guard, Forager, Queen’s Attendants, Cleaners, Honey Makers, Architect, Undertaker, and Nurse.

Hive Jobs: Queen, Drones, Guard, Forager, Queen’s Attendants, Cleaners, Organizers and Honey Makers, Architect, Undertaker, and Nurse and House Bee.

Roles in the hive: Queen, Drones, Guard, Forager, Queen’s Attendants, Cleaners, Organizers and Honey Makers, Architect, Undertaker, and Nurse and House Bee.

Bees work themselves to death

In the winter months, when the hive is dormant, bees can live up to nine months, but in the summer bees usually only survive six weeks.

In the winter months, when the hive is dormant, bees can live up to nine months, but in the summer bees usually only survive six weeks.

In the winter months, when the hive is dormant, bees can live up to nine months, but in the summer bees usually only survive six weeks.

They're math wizzezzzzz

Bumble bees always fly the most efficient route between flowers. They're the only animal known to have figured it out!

Bumble bees always fly the shortest, most efficient route between flowers. This type of problem-solving is tricky for humans, and they're the only animal known to have figured it out!

Bumble bees always fly the shortest, most efficient route between flowers. This type of problem-solving is tricky for humans, and they're the only animal known to have figured it out!

Bees are responsible for one of every three bites of food in the U.S.

Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Their hives are amazingly smart

Mathematicians have proven that the hexagonal construction of their hives is the most efficient use of material possible.

Mathematicians have proven that the hexagonal construction of their hives is the most efficient use of material possible.

Mathematicians have proven that the hexagonal construction of their hives is the most efficient use of material possible.

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Videos for kids about bees and our planet

The Honey Bee
Can plants talk to each other?
repurposed plastic from the ocean makes new (old) art
Stephen Colbert and Viggo Mortensen: Save the Bees
Forms in Nature
The color blue is rare in nature

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For home and hive

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Get your groove on

Buzzworthy jams

 

  1. “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
  2. “Mother Nature’s Son” – Beatles
  3. “Down to Earth” (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel
  4. “Beautiful Day” –U2
  5. “Bein’ Green” –Kermit
  6. “Big Yellow Taxi”—Counting Crows Version
  7. “The 3 R’s” –Jack Johnson
  8. “Circle of Life” (from Lion King)
  9. “Society”—Eddie Vedder
  10. “Clear Blue Skies” –Crosby, Stills & Nash

 

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Consider at least one more backyard foray this Fall that the kids, the neighbors, and the bees will thank you for - prep a wildflower garden.