Ohio spiderwort is an edible prairie plant, important to pollinators, that can grow in harsh conditions. Minnesota is tough place to live! It's even tougher for plants. Long cold winters are the hallmark of our state, but most people are unaware that the middle strip of Minnesota is a sand plain - characterized by brutal … Continue reading Ohio Spiderwort – Edible, Hardy, and Beautiful
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Seeing these seeds blow in the wind makes my heart sing! Even better, find a wild salsify plant and release it's huge umbrella seeds... Once upon a time, we actively tore out "invasive" plants. We participated as volunteers with our local soil water conservation district and with our parks department. We thought we were doing … Continue reading The Truth about Native and Invasive Plants
Our prairie is now 2 years old, but we forgot to report on it's first year growth. Maybe it's because we were embarrassed of how it looked. There was so much uncertainty and fear that first year. We planted at the end of May 2017. Right after planting, we had a month and half without … Continue reading Why does a first year prairie look like garbage?
From the very first day we walked the land, I have been looking for bees. And they were scarce. I would occasionally see a bumble bee and I did see a honey bee or two - but not very many. Any flowers at the property were usually devoid of life. Maybe it was because the … Continue reading If You Build It – They Will Come….. Attracting pollinators and breeding a better berry