How to permanently improve your sandy soil and grow amazing plants!
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 a good thing....and maybe we were....sometimes. But after a few years of helping to rid Minnesota of invasive plants, we started to realize that … Continue reading The Truth about Native and Invasive Plants
Quick Rundown: ~ 11 acres of prairie planted the end of May 2017 followed by dry hot summer. No noticeable germination of prairie seeds in 2017. Spring 2018 was very dry but the early summer was quite wet. Black Eyed Susan came out in full force by mid summer 2018 followed by spotted bee balm. This … Continue reading Black Eyed Susan is Dominating our Prairie – Uses, Plans, and Lessons to provide adequate honey bee forage
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