Native hardy shrub for difficult soils and terrains. Great for pollinators and birds.
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
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
New Red Maple Tree - No, this cage was not tall enough to keep deer from stripping it of all of it's leaves. Luckily, I caught it and double caged the tree and it was able to regrow all new leaves. 2017-2018 was an odd year - we had almost no snow all winter and … Continue reading Tree Updates – Progress on the Site
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