Grow A Meadow
Go Au Natural in Your Yard... with Flowers!
If you are looking for an easy and fun way to lessen your yard work, add some color, ease up on watering and all that good stuff, have you ever considered just hosting a big patch of nature instead of making something complicated?
That's what sort of happened at my house, and the end result is that when people ask us what is up with our backyard, we tell them we're growing a meadow. So far, there hasn't been a single person who hasn't found that answer interesting. I'm going to share the thought process behind the idea, and then give you some really easy tips for how you can have a chunk or two of managed nature in your own yard.
If you have an outdoor cat, you have to do this. They'll love you for it. Actually, you'll get more animal friends in your yard all around if you grow a meadow. If you are into supporting healthy insect populations, bees and beyond, this is a great way to go!
Grow Flowers For Flavor - a meadow of wildflowers for honey
If you have enough room in your yard for an apiary, you might want to make sure you have a nice dense offering of flowers for your bees to use.
Evolution of a Meadow - because meadows don't grow themselves overnightClick thumbnail to view full-size
Styling Your Meadow
Think about what you want to have. Do you want to encourage hummingbirds and butterflies? How about getting really ambitious and having bees? Or maybe you just want a very pretty no-mow lawn. Not having to water, weed or trim a lawn is very tempting. You might even use the right flowers to help improve poor soil conditions.
We couldn't agree more with all of the above.
Inspiration From The Neighborhood - this is what we're talking about!
I was out walking in my own neighborhood and saw a perfect example of the sort of wild patch that my housemate and I are trying to cultivate. Isn't this great! It was a big chunk of wild garden, part of someone's sidewalk strip property, on a busy corner too.
As you can see the patch has a really nice even density to it, there aren't really any spots that seem open or empty. The colors are all a great mix, and based on the sun it gets, the plants develop a staggered height and work it out competition-wise for water. In the end, with minimal care, a big area like this just sort of stays like this across a season or two.
At present, I've got a big patch of dirt that we've scattered some seeds onto and which we've not really watered because we're not really getting rain, and we decided not to bear the extra expense versus it just taking longer to get established. It's summer. We don't mind watching the grass grow really slowly.
Give A Meadow A Helping Hand! - seeding to add diversity or density
Give your new meadow a boost by sowing a mix of wildflower seeds over the area.
See What Sorts Of Meadows You Can Grow - share in the experience of other meadow gardeners
Whether you are brand-new to growing wildly in your yard, or maybe you're an old pro, you are welcome to share your comments, questions, insights and experience here! What region do you live in and what are you growing? Or maybe you're just watching it grow...