Today, I am thankful for all the acorns that are in my garden.
They will provide food for the squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers, deer, turkey and quail during the winter months. They contain large amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and niacin. At this time of year acorns can make up 25% of a deer's diet.
And we have thousands of them. Seriously, you have to be careful walking through the woodland garden at this time of year because they fall like bombs out of the sky. And, if one hits you on the noggin it hurts!
My two youngest boys decided to collect some of them and put them in a bird feeder on a stump. In their words, "the squirrels won't have to work so hard to collect them, mom".
Notice that the little hats have come off most of the acorns. We collect those too and use them in craft projects (we love nature crafts!).
I am thankful for Nature's bounty!