We restored 12 acres to native prairie in the spring of 2017. It's been a bumpy ride, but we've made it to Year 4! Look back at our first 3 years here - Native Prairie Restoration: Years 1-3. Winter and early spring prairieSummer prairie progression Year 4 - 2020: Growth was slow coming into spring. … Continue reading Native Prairie Restoration – Year 4
How do you harvest, clean, store and plant native prairie seeds? These are the best books to educate yourself for all native prairie plants.
Black Eyed Susan are included in almost every pollinator seed mix - and for good reason! They are a joyful, reliable plant that can be counted on to germinate in almost every soil and climate. They flower quickly, return each year, and reseed themselves. Planting Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta) Seeds Black Eyed Susan will … Continue reading Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia Hirta): Collecting & Planting Seeds
Spotted beebalm champions in sandy soils! It brings light and brightness early in summer, providing fragrant blooms and nectar for pollinators. Spotted Bee Balm (monarda punctata) - a wonder to behold and rarely found outside of sand prairies. It's a very unique plant; as tough as it is beautiful. Our spotted bee balm came from … Continue reading Spotted Bee Balm – Good for bees, medicinal, beautiful
Restoring our native prairie has been one of the most exhausting and frustrating experiences. Read on to see what's happened in the past 3 years and where we are headed next. We chose to restore the 12 acres of tilled field to native prairie in order to restore the land. Our farm has been cropped … Continue reading Native Prairie Restoration Years 1-3