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The Meadow

The meadow is coming along. We planted the last three corners with three leaf sumac, rabbit brush and four-wing salt bush. The borders are somewhat defined by this new planting making it resemble a large oval, like a race track. Each shrub was mulched with bark chips and gets watered by hand with a hose every other day.  Ricky  turned on the Big Gun sprinkler for the first time in over a year to water the grass. He will water once a month while I supplement until the shrubs take hold. If it doesn’t rain, the grass in the pastures will brown out. Grama grass will not make seed until August or September and only if the monsoons come.  Ricky may have to water twice a month if the wind and heat get worse.

The globe mallow that survived the cold spring and the hail is now an inch tall. There is more alive than I thought, about a hundred or so. Despite not watering for two weeks, many more seedlings emerged. Little leaf globe mallow must have  incredibly long tap roots. In addition, I planted three 98 trays of seed that is now in the greenhouse that I’ll transplant when it gets big enough. I’m guessing in  a month or so. I still have over a pound of seed left that I’ll save for next year. I do want a substantial amount of mallow in this meadow as it makes great late blooming bee food and is so very pretty.

For those of you who are planning wild flower gardens or meadows of your own, I’ve learned a few lessons that may benefit you. I learned not to be in a hurry in the spring to plant seed. It’s better to wait for monsoon rains. Doing a germination test helped me decide that I didn’t need to use all two pounds of the seed I ordered.  I learned once again that patience is an important gardening trait.


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