• Posts Tagged ‘meadow’

    Stomping down the Autumn meadow

    by  • September 9, 2011 • Meadow project • 9 Comments

    Last Fall I decided to rid an area of weeds and grow a California native and hand-sown  meadow. Here is the end of the season story and evaluation. Stomping the Meadow Ever since the meadow started growing, I’ve been thinking in advance, for when the ‘off season’ came.  It’s here, and the meadow is...

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    The midsummer meadow

    by  • July 22, 2011 • Meadow project • 11 Comments

    In early July, the meadow is at its peak and gives pleasure every day.  Here are some of the advantages and realities of growing your own! A CA Native seeded meadow is possible. It takes some weeding. The flowers are bright and grasses wave in the wind Bare spots happen. Seeds wash down hill sprout...

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    Planting wildflower ‘muffins’

    by  • April 15, 2011 • Garden, How to, Spring • 4 Comments

    The seedlings were ready to be planted.  They were sown last January first, from the same CA native wildflower seed mix from S&S Seeds purchased last Fall and sown for the meadow project. The blocks were a bit dry after a week of no rain and the seed tray was deep enough that a fork worked well to lift or...

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    Planning a large forest garden

    by  • March 5, 2011 • Garden, How to, Projects, Winter • 15 Comments

    Becoming stewards of our forest For some of us, here in the California foothills, especially those who live near the national forest, nature provides the perfect landscaping. Using the existing trees and native plants can help your garden design blend smoothly into the surrounding landscape.  Caring for  a large forest property has its challenges and...

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    Creating a long lasting garden

    by  • March 4, 2011 • Design, Garden • 10 Comments

    Three levels, from right, cultivated Mediterranean and native plants, below path, introduced natives and beyond the bench, natural

    A common word in gardening this decade is ‘sustainable’; sustainable gardening is using the principles of ecological wisdom.  When planting and puttering in my garden, which is two acres planted with CA natives, Mediterranean plants close to the house and natural groomed forest beyond, I think of this. How do I also create a...

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    Let’s check for progress on the meadow!

    by  • December 19, 2010 • Meadow project • 5 Comments

    Last update for Fall 2010 …next Winter! Before the latest rainstorms, new photos were taken of progress on my little seedlings in an area chosen for a meadow. Here, was a field of weedy filaree, awful weeds with seeds that form curlicues that screw themselves into our Corgi, Maggie’s fur in the spring and...

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