In recent years the landscaping around the front of EarthConnection (EC) has consisted of those native wild flower plants we planted, e.g., Purple Cone Flower, Black-eyed Susan, Daylilies, Bee Balm, and Wild Bergamot. Then there are the ones who planted themselves, for example, New England Aster, Common Milkweed, Common Yarrow, Wild Lettuce, Dandelion, Common Chicory, Red Clover and White Clover, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Canada thistle.
Each plant has its own following of birds and insects. For example, the Common Milkweed is food for both the caterpillar and adult Monarch butterfly. Because the leaves of the milkweed are poisonous, after eating it, the Monarch is also poisonous to their predators. The Canada thistle is food for the Gold Finch and the House finch. It should be noted that the Canada thistle is very invasive and has been outlawed in many states because of this.
We have taken steps to rework our landscape and began the project in late fall/early winter. Ourland Organics helped with the design and installation. Our goal was to take out all the old plants, cover the area with cardboard and mulch and replant. With our odd winter, the seeds were planted just before a light snow in December and the following weeks of freezing temps. Then it warmed up, the sun hit the ground and the seeds germinated! So far they have survived the ups and downs of the winter.
In the back yard, we took out half of the meditation garden and seeded the soil with grass. This enables there to be more grassed area for our ministry with the Girl Scouts. In one fourth of the garden we planted garlic. If it all grows we’ll have a bumper crop of garlic in June.
On the horizon is a second planting in the front, beginning the restoration work in the patio area, and reestablishing the trails in the woods. Stay tuned!
Winnie Brubach, SC