This article is part of our Native Plant Series and features one pollinator friendly, drought tolerant US native plant hardy to at least zone 4. 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 … Continue reading Ohio Spiderwort – Edible, Hardy, and Beautiful
What are the bare necessities to getting started in beekeeping? What suit should you get? What tools do you need? How much equipment?? We answer this, and more.... Get your kids started in beekeeping; that way, they won't have money for drugs Beekeeping can be an expensive venture. There are so many tools, parts, and … Continue reading Beginning Beekeeping – What you need to get started!
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
Here are two more shots from the prairie - taken July 6, 2018. You can see a lot of black eyed susans. I walked the entire prairie and was able to identify at least 7 or 8 of the 48 species we planted - and a whole lot more that we didn't. It's so beautiful … Continue reading Another Quick Prairie Update 7/06/2018
Prairie: photos taken June 21, 2018 We seeded our native prairie in May 2017. We seeded very heavily - 48 different species, a high percentage of forbs - 136lbs of seeds for 10.6 acres - 12.8 lbs/acre and about $800/acre just in seed costs! I'm spelling it all out because so far it has been … Continue reading Prairie Restoration – Year 2