2021 Plant planning homestead

 Silo Garden and Entry Lane Imagine a place to hang out under the shade of the trees,  a silo bar offering up cold beverages while people play cornhole.  This is the silo garden.  To its north end lies a patio with benches and bar stools. To its south a rounded garden of wildflowers and path… Continue reading 2021 Plant planning homestead

CRP Colorado plains mix for sandy soils

“The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands is part of the CRP program, a federally funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers so that environmentally sensitive agricultural land is not farmed or ranched, but instead used for conservation benefits.” USDA Farm Service Agency How much is an acre of land? Weld County Local Retailer :… Continue reading CRP Colorado plains mix for sandy soils

iNaturalist – Nature observation for citizen science

iNaturalist is a phone app you can use to record the things you see in the natural areas you visit.  It easy to start. Sign up at the website, Download the app from your iphone or android store.  Sign-in and take a look at the Missions to get an idea of the plants, animals and… Continue reading iNaturalist – Nature observation for citizen science

Bouteloua Curtipendula

sideoats grama

Bouteloua Curtipendula – Sideoats Grama (Su,DM,A,N) 12-36″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. host plant for a number of butterflies and moths; seeds for birds Blooms:  Mid… Continue reading Bouteloua Curtipendula

Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks

Though not a book with hefty covers, Xerces Societies’ downloadable pamphlet, Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks is a MUST have reference for the neighbor of habitat.  It gives as much information as any on what to plant to be a part of the new garden phenomenon. The booklet also describes how… Continue reading Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks

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