The #1 Most Shocking Reason for Weeds in Native Gardens:

(These are the shocking “pest” that cause problems in native gardens. Recognize them?) Last Spring, I went out to visit a large local “native prairie” planting around town and found landscapers there getting ready to till a large part of the garden. Just a few years eariler, this plot of land had been prepared for this native planting with a thorough regimen of multiple tillings and sprayings of herbicides to eliminate exotic weed pressures. Unfortunately, as is often the case, it wasn’t enough. A few non-natives still managed to survive and take hold. While the natives were slow to establish, … Continue reading The #1 Most Shocking Reason for Weeds in Native Gardens:

How to Make Better "Native Plant Gardens" with Permaculture

(This post is accompanied by this morning’s pictures of some charasmatic native flowers at Lillie House)  Hovering from flower to flower, the bumble bee embraces her partner and begins to sing. This is a new song, not the regular hum of flight, but a deliberate and intricate buzzing sung aloud for another living being. This is called “buzz pollination.” She knows exactly the notes and frequencies that will make the flower release its pollen, a living demonstration of how sound, song, and music can move something inside of us, too.  I learned this, and many other beautiful things, by watching … Continue reading How to Make Better "Native Plant Gardens" with Permaculture