Although many of these article were published earlier, many have been updated in 2017-2018 

A Living Mulch – Allowing Plants to spread as Nature intended

We humans, including myself, were taught to maintain our gardens unnaturally by growing plants spaced apart ,separated by wood mulch around each plant.  If we want a natured based, environmentally friendly garden we must allow plants to spread and fill in all the bare areas of a garden as a living mulch.  This is the way nature has been gardening for thousands of years! 

Turf Grass Anonymous – A 12 Step Program

A perfectly manicured, green turf grass has been a status symbol since the Industrial Revolution. Everyone could finally afford to have a lawn, not just wealthy estates. But at what costs?

4 W’s of Basic Garden Maintenance: Water, Weed, Watch and Wait

A native garden is like traditional gardens in some ways, but different in other ways.  Now we’re welcoming local ecology, natural processes and plants which naturally grow together.  Below are a few basic garden maintenance tips everyone should follow.

Plant Profile: Indigo Bush, A little known Beauty

Indigo Bush or False Indigo (Amorpha fruiticosa) is one of my favorite late spring blooming shrubs/small trees. Its deep purple blooms, bright orange stamens and fine textured leaves are a welcoming contrast to the many white blooming, larger leaved native shrubs that bloom about the same time.

Composting Tips – Harvesting & Using (Nature’s) Gold

By making my own compost,  I am adding only pesticide and herbicide free material to my pile, I am recycling what would be considered a waste product with associated costs, I’m generating a resource valuable to  my garden and other living organisms, and I’m protecting wildlife which may be present on plant material I cut back. 

Preparing for the Arrival of the Red Buffalo

I do a controlled or prescribed burn (what Native Americans called the Red Buffalo) on sections of my native prairie gardens because there are many benefits. It warms up the soil earlier, adds organic matter, reduces some weeds, and stimulates prairie seeds to sprout. It also takes less time than cutting everything back and and reduces the size of my compost pile.

Spring Cleanup – not so fast

I have been a native plant gardener for many years but through education and observation, I learned I can protect wildlife and the environment on my property by how I do spring cleanup. Just think about what happens in the natural world.

Dead Wood and Rocks

Many folks understand the importance of protecting and supporting nature in our yards.  Snags, brush & rock piles, are features sometimes overlooked, but can easily be incorporated into our yards to benefit wildlife.

Why Can’t Weed be Friends?

My husband and I maintain all areas of our landscape organically, especially our lawn, because we believe it is an environmentally responsible and safer choice. Now we have a few weeds in our lawn, but we learned many are beneficial to wildlife.