Ideas for a native revival in a local meadows

https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SAAM2 The growth we want to keep to is plains plants.  Some near water – others should survive fully in the  sun. I would like to turn wayside gardens into a native treasure in our small area. Starting around the Wayside meadows sign small shrubs and herbacious perennials greet the neighbors. Near the drainage ditch, […]

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Native Plant Conference 2019

February 16, 2019  8:30 4:30 Auraria Campus Tivolo Turnhalle Hall. There are things to be learned and great places to be. I will be attending the Colorado Native Plants conference next Saturday. This all day event features keynote speaker from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. One of my favorite references for pictures of natives and their […]

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Garden 2019 native plants to convert the lawn

My lawn is no longer sustainable in its current form.  Not because its not beautiful or healthy with the additional water.   Its just that. water.  Denver is not considering the concrete jungle its creating.  Density is thirsty. Its replacement must be maintenance sustainable. The ease of lawn mowing is overstated.  Unless you move to a […]

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Tips to provide protected nesting sites for Native Bees

Protecting and Providing Nesting for Native Bees and Wasps There are products on the market to provide cheap, renewable bee hotels for our native bees and wasps. Here are a few things to help your bees be at home. Leave open ground (no mulch) with sandy soil for ground Keep a wood pile where borers […]

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Permaculture in the high country; practical use and guidance.

Permaculture Practice Where to start is to read The Permaculture Design Course Handbook. It leads you through the 11 design principles whose goal is a community of plants and animals acting in coordination for mutual benefit. When thoughtfully placed near each other (relative location) each element provides at least three functions for other elements. Principles […]

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Back Yard Plant List

The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light:  Mostly part-shade to deep shade.  Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day.  The most sunny spot is it the Northwest tip of the yard where I have my flower and […]

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