Wednesday, April 25, 2012

No Mow Yards

Here's one of many emerging books on this new topic--what to have besides lawn, and why. Check out other books by Timber Press, too, while you're at it.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Monarch Gardens Events

You've got a couple chances to talk to me in person over the next two weeks--and I promise you good conversation and lots of helpful info, among other goodies. I may even wear cologne.

Lincoln Earth Day
Party at Antelope Park
Sunday 4/22
12-5pm
Our booth is right across from the farmer's market. Can't miss it. 80 vendors will be there!

Spring Affair Plant Sale
Lancaster Event Center
Friday 4/27, 6-9pm (special preview party)
Saturday 4/28, 9-4pm
Our booth is in the front row facing the plants. Biggest plant sale in the midwest! It gets crazy.

Here's what you'll find at our booth:

-- Plants for sale, cheap (Earth Day only)
-- Native plant seeds
-- Fine art photograph prints
-- My Nebraska garden memoir: Sleep, Creep, Leap
-- Information on monarch butterflies, including how to raise them
-- Lists of the best native plants for wildlife, and why natives are so important
-- How to grow chemical free and often carefree
-- And maybe, if we get real lucky and the southern winds are strong, monarch eggs. Remember, milkweed is not a weed, which is why I call it wilkmeed.

In June I'll be presenting again on native Nebraska wildflowers at Finke Gardens. Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

GMO Crops and Pesticides v. Insects

Two reports in the news. The first is about monarch butterflies, how genetically modified crops which are roundup ready are contributing to an 81% decline in butterfly reproduction. It's a terrifying piece, and one that means planting milkweed in our garden is huge. And plant with well-behaved species, like Asclepias incarnata and A. sullivantii. Here's Monarch Watch's rundown of the falling winter population in Mexico.

And second is a report on pesticides destroying bee populations. Not just spraying, but coated seed shells from agriculture and pollen that blows around, collected by bees.

As I watch my neighbors spray their landscapes and mow three times a week, automatic sprinklers watering several times a week in high winds at mid day (worst time), a small suburban lot suddenly seems to have much more power when it's linked to several others. What if these spaces had swaths of native plants, adjusted to the soil and environment, growing carefree and organically with less water requirements? Wouldn't your children thank you, running barefoot in the grass and across flower beds, touching and smelling the blooms, marveling at the masses of butterflies and birds? We can make a massive difference this spring and summer!