Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Mulch, Mulch and more Mulch

For the last 3 years, I’ve gotten  of mulch. At first I thought it would be too much but I find lots of good places to put it. Weeding is not something I want to spend much time doing.

I can’t say this system is the end all to beat all but I can say I never need to dedicate time to weeding; I just do a little here and there when I water or walk by. Not having prior experience with gardening, thank goodness I like to read and thank goodness my friends were willing to share their experiences! I took all that wisdom and decided on the plan that worked best for me. [Read more…]

Soil and Chocolate Cake

Just got a dump truck of soil delivered for our raised bed garden. It looks and smells great!
I’ve become intrigued with soil. I realize I’ve been interested in it for some time. I recall as a young un’ a book entitled SOIL that my dad owned. I tried to read it once when I was in grade school. I didn’t get too far into that masters-level college tome, but the idea of reading it never left me. At a recent prairie conference, one of the speakers reinvigorated my fascination. [Read more…]

Root Stimulant or Inoculant?

In my quest to provide a healthy environment for the plants, shrubs, and trees I am planting, propagating, and nurturing, I’ve been reading about soil and soil life. It’s totally fascinating! I know soil health was important but am continually amazed and awed by life and how it works. [Read more…]