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Plant More Native Plants

Conrad M

Plant More Native Plants

Native plants use less water Modern lawns and non-xeriscape gardens will often need larger amounts of water to grow.  Use native plant species adapted to your region.   Native plants require less direct energy input They will need less additives-- fertilizer, weed killers or mulching to take root.   Native plants support native pollinators Native plants attract a variety of insects, birds and other wildlife by providing habitats and food sources. On the other hand, well-cut lawns are not very useful for most wildlife species.   Native wildflower mixes promote biodiversity Natural landscaping is a good opportunity to restore native...


Seed Bombs Make Great Gifts for Guerilla Gardeners

Conrad M

Seed Bombs Make Great Gifts for Guerilla Gardeners

are related to the relatively new concept of "guerilla gardening" or “seed bombing”.   This is a growing trend of rogue, dissident gardeners undertaking subversive gardening activities.  Squads of gardeners, flash mob a section of abandoned land or parking strips in urban environments to plant flowers or start a community garden.  Armed with shovels and rakes, the guerillas transform an empty lot into a green space, full of flowers.  Seed bombing is a “no work, no till” method of gardening.  Dirt clods embedded with wildflower seeds are essentially “self-planting” ammunition and simply require chucking them on the ground to get the...


Native Wildflowers Help Native Pollinators

Conrad M

Tags native pollinators, native wildflower blends

Native Wildflowers Help Native Pollinators

Pollinators serve a role in every garden to the extent that some species of plants have evolved around one sole pollinator, reflecting the fragility of natural ecosystems.  As much as bees are what we all think about first when you hear about pollination, there are tens of thousands of other pollinators that rely on plants for food and the plants equally rely on the pollinators for propagation.  Other pollinators include hummingbirds, mason bees, ants, bats, flies, moths, wasps, birds and butterflies.    By putting out food sources like bird seeds and hummingbird feeders, although with good intentions, we can create...


Gardening with Native Wildflowers

Conrad M

Gardening with Native Wildflowers

Native plants are often recommended for gardening and landscaping because over the millennia, have naturally are adapted to their climate and will require less direct input.  A benefit to planting native wildflowers and other indigenous species is that more often, they will  require less direct input from us as gardeners.  In a typical native environment, a native wildflower will require less direct input form you as the gardener.    A benefit to planting regional native wildflowers is that it will often attract and thrive due to a symbiotic relationship with native pollinators.  When it comes to pollinators, we are accustomed...