Fall is near, it’s time to reflect on planting

Sheri Hagwood, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

When I look about the garden I see a lot of finished projects for the first time in a long time. This year’s been very productive. Not only have I found a few plants that are beneficial to both birds and me, I have found a new sense of appreciation for maintenance, the test of… Continue reading Fall is near, it’s time to reflect on planting

Seed germination for native prairie 2020

sideoats grama

Using both indoor an outdoor sowing methods a new prairie of warm season bunch grasses, and forbs. Indoor Methods Indoor Medium: Peat pots Indoor growing environment: Heat mat, 2 florescent lights on 12 hours.  1 plant light, 1 plain. Side oats grama propagation Indoor sowing results produced leaves within seven days when laid on top… Continue reading Seed germination for native prairie 2020

How to quantify results of a backyard shift to natives

For this to be a true effort in providing habitat to native pollinators and birds we must be able to identify the species involved as well as quantify the results. What is a measure of success? How many life cycles constitute a stable population? Of course the first goal is to see species the first… Continue reading How to quantify results of a backyard shift to natives

Seeds for the new Prairie garden

Originally Posted on 4/15/2019. These can be planted this fall. Sideoats Grama Seed (Bouteloua curtipendula) Item #: 21520 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00 Purple Prairie Clover Seed (Dalea purpurea) Item #: 16860 Seed Weight: 1/4 Oz $6.00 Switchgrass Seed (Panicum virgatum) Item #: 27570 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00   Fall Planting: Purchase… Continue reading Seeds for the new Prairie garden

How changing the gardens contents can change its vitality

The Going Native journey is not a statement. It’s not political, not artistic, not religious. It’s a journey by steps towards the best habitat I can create. It’s the new age ideal, ‘we are everything, and everything is us’, brought back to the physical.  It’s finding pure balance in the nature I create. But it’s… Continue reading How changing the gardens contents can change its vitality

The garden walk about

9/7 Re-establish curves of the original flower bed Introduce more rock to ‘base garden’.  The space between flower bed and paths to and from the bridge. Dig out path outlines on far side of bridge- started Look for good ways to transition between path and base garden. Some favorite plants like think soil in the… Continue reading The garden walk about

Dropseed and Little Bluestem grasses arrive; soon big bluestem as well

The grasses that will make up the main fill for the prairie substrate  includes two native grasses that will provide both habitat and structure. LITTLE BLUESTEM ( Schizachyrium scoparium) DROPSEED (Sporobolus heterolepis) These little beauties arrived 5/16/2019 The intention was to allow acclimation 2 days in shade of patio and then move to sun. But… Continue reading Dropseed and Little Bluestem grasses arrive; soon big bluestem as well