Beginning of Dallisgrass Removal

I filled the big blue trash can with what is probably 1/5 of the Dallisgrass to be pulled. It’s hot. I’m sweaty and I hope it rains again and the soil stays wet enough for the grass to come out easier. Nothing like digging in rock-hard dry dirt.

8/29 Update: as you can see in the bottom picture, I’ve been making progress. I worked for an hour or so after school yesterday and an hour and a half today. Hoping to get the last of it tomorrow. I’ll try to get some close ups to help you see what I’m working with.

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August Picture Update

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What a difference 2 weeks and 4.5″-5″ of rain can make! Everything is so lush and tall now!IMG_1870The blanket flowers are blooming again.

IMG_1869There are all kinds of crawling and flying things that I’ve never seen before.

IMG_1868The tropical milkweed is covered in aphids… No surprise there.

IMG_1867I’ve got a few Coreopsis blooming. This is one of my favorites.

IMG_1866I have no Idea what this guy is.

IMG_1865Quite a few things climbing on this milkweed.

IMG_1864This has never bloomed before so I need to find out what it is 😎

IMG_1859Another visitor

IMG_1858What kind of grass is this??!!

IMG_1862And this grass? What is it? I’ve got work to do!

August 2017

Things are drying out, thank goodness we got a good rain last week.

I was thinking next year would be the year that I focus on my grasses but I've also got to get some late July and August bloomers in there.

Right now it's just looking overgrown. Not very pleasing.

I also want to let y'all know that I'm going back to school. I'll be starting at OSU in Stillwater August 21 to study Rangeland Management. This is a starting point and the option that sounded like it would get me as close to studying the prairie as possible. I'm not sure what I'll do with it but I CAN tell you that I'm unbelievably excited to be taking botany and networking and meeting more people that love the same things I do. I'm also looking forward to the prospect of working. Earning money from the education I get. ❤️🌱

FYI…

My 7 year old is the smartest person I know. Yesterday as we were bringing our bikes back from the park, coming up to the pocket prairie, she said “I think we should make it bigger” 

ME TOO, kid. Me too.  ❤️🌱🏆

Someone Borrowed…

A whole plant!

When I took pictures on Tuesday the little Mexican Bush Zinnia was there. It’s Saturday and the whole plant is gone 😩

It was close to the front edge, still very small and making lots of blooms. I guess I should be glad they didn’t try to take something larger and I’m not sure what, if anything, I can or should try to do about it. 

Pocket Prairie Calendar

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