I am beyond thrilled to announce that my personal backyard wildflower initiative was/ is a success. Every few days, my dad sends me a picture to highlight all of the blooms that weren't in the previous picture he'd just sent. The meadow is taking off, the pollinators love it, and it's truly a beautiful sight … Continue reading Update: Flowers in Full Force
I decided to do bi-monthly updates since plants don't grow very fast. Go figure. We've had more of the same here in Iowa: lots and lots of rain, warmer weather, and enough dry days in between that I need to water the meadow occasionally. The plants are doing well; they're about four or five inches … Continue reading One Month Update: More of the Same
This update is going to be devoid of photos. Not because my camera isn't working. No, it's because there's nothing to write home about, as the saying goes. I've been watering my meadow, watching the little bits of grass I missed get taller and greener. Little cotyledons poke through the ground, but I have no … Continue reading Week 1 Update: What am I Looking at?
Finally, Iowa has decided to give me a beautiful sunny afternoon that was perfect for planting. You may recall that before I spent almost the entire week inside, I was able to get more dirt to fill in some holes that already existed in our flower bed. I also used that dirt to thinly cover … Continue reading Update: The Seeds are Planted! REJOICE!
In case you had any doubts about why I'm doing this project, let's chat about pollinators. Bees, wasps, butterflies, hummingbirds, these are just some of the hardworking pollinators that work tirelessly in our gardens, fields, orchards, and prairies. They're a crucial element in these ecosystems, and they're extremely important for our food production. In fact, … Continue reading For the Love of Pollinators
With spring in full force across most of the Northern Hemisphere, many of you may be getting close to buying your seeds. You've decided on an area you wish to restore, you've promised to steer clear of invasive species, and you're excited to discuss your project with your nosy neighbors. But before you head over … Continue reading Talk Dirt to Me
I am pleased to announce The Global Meadow Movement, a worldwide rewilding project aiming to combat pollinator habitat loss and restore essential ecosystems. At Climate Offensive, we've seen positive reactions to this blog, and we see no reason not to expand it into a global movement while the seasons are still transitioning. This project started … Continue reading Update: Announcing The Global Meadow Movement + Some Before Pictures!
I proposed the landscaping blueprints, crudely executed as they were, to my parents this evening, and both are on board with the idea of expanding the project into the actual lawn, instead of just converting the flower bed. Since this is their property, and they'll be the ones tasked with maintaining the meadow once it's … Continue reading Update: Formulating a Game Plan + Some Exciting News!
Rewilding? Naturescaping? Whatever we call it, it's impactful, and I'm about to tell you why. Maybe by the end of this post, we'll have come to an agreement on just what word we should add to our vocabulary in regards to this project. First off, I think we can all agree that suburban expansion has … Continue reading The Impacts of Rewilding