There’s always something to do. What would you add to this? Let me know if you think I left something out, it’s only my second summer. -JD
January – Mark your calendar with days to start seeds indoors. Consider adding hardscape, windmills, or other decor to your pocket prairie. It’s easier to add it now when you don’t have to worry about crushing live plants. Use sites like pinterest for ideas.
February – Start seeds indoors for plants you want to plant out after danger of frost.
March – Cut back any dead plants and grasses. Leaving the dead plants until mid-march provides food and habitat to insects and animals as well as visual interest for the humans. March begins the Monarch season, keep an eye out.
April – Plants are coming up, after danger of frost (April 15 for zone 7) start planting out your transplants. Bustani opens for spring mid month. Ok county Master Gardeners have their plant sale this month. Check Asclepius for eggs and bring them in if you’re going to raise monarchs. Any seeds that don’t need cold stratification or that weren’t started indoors can be sown this month after the 15th. Or before, if your brave.
May – WOAH! I can’t wait to see everything blooming! a lot of things should be blooming by now!
June – remember, some things you planted this year might take another year or 2 to bloom. Hold tight, they’re getting good roots down right now. Enjoy what IS blooming!
July – enjoy the pocket prairie, take notes and pictures to document each month how everything does and if anything needs to be moved for next year, etc…
August – start your wish list for next year now. Find out the names of plants you want and what friend or retailer has them.
September – Learn about monarchs and make sure you have plenty of asclepius for next year or plan to add them.
October – Monarchs will be migrating south now. Get out those seed catalogues and order seeds for next month.
November – direct sow seeds that need cold stratification to germinate
December – take a class, workshop or webinar about pollinators, native plants or anything else. It’s cold, you might as well be learning if you can’t do much in the prairie. It’s taking care of it’s self right now. Set a budget for plants and start saving… lol