To prepare for a community garden club talk on this meadow project today, this slideshow was put together to show highlights from the first two years. This will give you an idea of what changes have been made from this former weedy field!
First I seeded the meadow the first year, 2010, with California native seed. The second year I waited letting the wildflowers reseed themselves with no new seed added. In the second year the meadow changed, with some varieties fading out and others thriving.
This Fall, since we’ve had some lovely rain, (…a gardener’s friend) and I’m beginning a third experiment and will reseed the same meadow with new seed, also California native seed. I’m looking forward to another flowery year!
Please won’t you let me know if you try this?!
The Meadow project, month by month
What am I really doing in the garden in October? Planning and removing weeds
Do you dream of a natural and beautiful wildflower meadow? Finding and sowing seeding
Let’s check for progress on the meadow! Weeding and watching the weather
How to weed a meadow in the Sierra Foothills More weeding…letting the sprouts thrive
Let’s check on Fall and Winter projects! Identifying seedlings
The wildflower meadow in May Small triumphs
My California native meadow in June Starting to bloom
The midsummer meadow The peak bloom
Stomping down the Autumn meadow Neatening up
Native California meadow in the second year