If you have a sunny, well-drained spot with poor soil, you are in luck. Manzanita rewards patience.
"I weeded - but they came back...I can't get rid of those weeds...I took out the blackberries, but then I had morning glory everywhere..." Sound familiar? We've all done it - we tackle a huge bed of weeds, liberate the garden plants and exhausted, pile up the weeds and breathe a sigh. Then, before you … Continue reading Why do these weeds keep coming back?!
If a brush pile sounds like an unfinished project waiting to be cleaned up, think again! Brush is a resource for making your yard, garden, or acreage into a shelter for wildlife. If you have some prunings, old tree limbs, logs or storm debris, or blackberry canes, use them in the way nature intended. Make … Continue reading A New Art Form: Brush Piles
Update: This video about soil and atmospheric CO2 reduction is well made and summarizes many important principles in an easy-to-understand story. SO encouraging and important! https://vimeo.com/centerforfoodsafety/soilsolutions Hot off the presses in the NY Times today... Scientists using new analytical techniques over the last decade have found that the world’s ocean of soil is one of our … Continue reading Didn’t I Say? Soil – It’s the Foundation…
A beautiful day in Yamhill County on April 9, and we headed out to find some spring flowers and birds, stopping by Farm Fest at the Yamhill Co Heritage Center on the way. The draft horses and mules showed differing amounts of training and gentleness. Some were still practicing, and for the driver the task … Continue reading More Natives in Bloom for Spring Pollinators
We all like to fill in the spaces in the garden. Some of us have more space than others. Some natives cover more ground, and faster than others. Here's a link to a few tips. See the sidebar for my handouts with more info about the characteristics of natives in the garden! Botanical Rambles | … Continue reading Botanical Rambles Blog Discusses Native Plants for Covering Ground
Gardening For The Birds How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard By George Adams Timber Press 2013 A growing unease about our relationship to the natural world and our impact on planetary processes has led to increased interest in gardening with native plants. Gardening may seem like a less-than-effective tool to turn the tide of environmental … Continue reading This Book Helps You Build It So They Will Come
There are lots of reasons to grow native plants among ornamental and edible plants in your garden. Natives are: the best food and habitat for native insects that support native birds and other wildlife important food and nectar sources for charismatic insects like butterflies and their larvae (a little chewing can indicate that you are … Continue reading Native Plants: Are they ornamental enough??
Wondering if spiders are our friends? Check out this video and link: http://www.katu.com/amnw/segments/129845188.html Get some great spider info here and here. I can't say it as well as these guys do, so I'm gonna send you to their pages.
On June 18, 2013, I attended a workshop on providing habitat for beneficial insects. One of the instructors mentioned that he had just been checking on dead bees in a parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon, on I-5 near Salem. The next day, the local media reported a mass bee killing at that parking lot. Mass … Continue reading Who’s Killing the Bees?