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

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

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

Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

Look at the pollen on this guy

A garden that draws pollinators usually begins with wonderful flowers full of food.  To take it even further,  providing sheltering opportunities for bees close to the food sources allows female bees to expend less energy foraging, saving energy for the care of their young. Native Bee Habitat Most north american bee species shelter in the… Continue reading Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

Front yard new additions from seed

  To keep with the plans for pollinator friendly gardens, I am adding three short lived perennials to my front garden. Each of the following will be started from seed, some indoors and some outside. Hollyhock ‘Peaches n Dreams’  5 ft – 6 ft tall x 24″ w These hollyhocks are biennial, and will be… Continue reading Front yard new additions from seed

Seed Starting 2010

Colorado has a fairly short growing season, so many of the plants that would normally be started outdoors after danger of last spring frost I chose to start indoors. Getting the timing right is always a challenge. If you start too soon, plants will tend to be leggy and will have a hard time adjusting… Continue reading Seed Starting 2010