Monday, March 24, 2014

Growing Our Business / Leap of Faith

For a few years my wife and I have talked about finding an acreage. Our dream is to start a boutique prairie nursery specializing in local genotypes, hosting weddings, having an artist residency program, restoring prairie, and starting an annual festival. We have other top secret plans as well. :)

We are slowly moving in this direction, planning as we can and saving pennies. We're not sure if we'll stay in eastern Nebraska or head for central Iowa -- much depends on government incentives for things like taxes and renewable energy (we hope to have all of our buildings as much off the grid as possible, using grey water, etc, and use these features as another education arm along with classes on native plants).

But if you know of 40-80 acres in either of the above areas, would you let us know? In the meantime, I'm looking forward to meeting new clients this year in their home and school gardens -- attracting wildlife with low maintenance native plants is a major thrill! Check out my speaking schedule above, and stay tuned for a selection of wildflowers I'll have in early summer. Prairie on!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Of Birds, Seasons, and Home

Our local, year round birds are flocking -- trying to find food as the winter drags on. Robins are restless, their songs changing already. Cedar waxwings come through denuding crabapples in minutes. And of course, a heated birdbath is an added incentive for a longer stay in your garden. These two were jockeying for an opportunity to swoop down among a busy bath that had at one time almost a dozen birds of various species. I always find good reasons to celebrate each season -- and watching the changing behavior of birds as the sun angles in new ways through my prairie grasses is a joy that brings me home.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Seriously Gorgeous + Come Hear Me Speak

I don't know how you can deny the awesomeness of the backlit indian grass and fuzzy seed pods of wild senna in this winter scene. I tell you what. I'm in love.

Speaking of love, I'm going to be at the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society's conference in Kearney, NE on 2/15 -- think about making it a post Valentine's Day gift. Or not. I'm on at 3pm talking about beneficial pollinator gardens with native plants, both to help the environment (soil fertility, runoff, save bees) and increase yields in backyard veg gardens and small farms; lots of pics and my witty charm will also be included as added incentive. See my full list of events here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Love the Winter Garden

I'm starting to find the winter garden far more enticing than the summer one, with fall being a close second. I hope you leave your plants up for winter interest and to help wildlife. In fact, here's a link to my tips on how you can garden for wildlife.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thank You!

A heartfelt thanks to all of the clients that invited me into their homes, gardens, and lives this past year. From a school garden to country acreages, and blank slates to projects that were already well on their way. One of the best things about dreaming up a new garden is meeting some pretty cool people passionate about native plants and wildlife. Keep dreaming over the winter!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Garden in Fall

Two pics of my garden right now. The last two days we've had tons and tons of birds. Yesterday at one time a pair of cardinals, about 20 sparrows, several juncos, 7 robins at the birdbath at once, a starling, a blue jay, and a woodpecker. A squirrel was drinking from the bird bath, too! :)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Plant w/ Every Consult

Business has been good -- fun too -- so if you hire me for a consult before 10/15, I'll bring you a tough, hardy, wildlife-friendly native prairie plant grown by me organically. October is the BEST time to plant a garden -- cool weather helps you and the plant, and you're giving it a head start for next year. (Spring is a silly time to plant -- hire me and I'll tell you why.)