• California native meadow project – third year

    by  • November 19, 2012 • Meadow project

    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?!

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    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


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.