YAY Fall!!! We’re able to plant this week!

Progress! Sept 25, 2013

We were able to plant in the Cherry Creek habitat area today. Planting seeds later this week. More mulch will be brought in and then we can work on the specific insect habitat (area with the pallets to the left).

Fall! This is the best time of year. We’ve been taking care of the plants for the Cherry Creek project at our homes and now we can finally start getting them into the ground. The utility companies were contacted and the area has been flagged again so we don’t dig into something important!

Here are some of the plants we’re starting with – I know there are more and I’ll update when I see what MJ brings from home!

  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Dotted Gayfeather
  • Rough Gayfeather
  • Pitchers Sage
  • Tick Trefoil
  • Plains Coreopsis
  • Goldenrod
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Ironweed
  • Hoary Vervain
  • Black-eyed Susan – Rudebeckia
  • Blanket Flower
  • Purple Poppy Mallow
  • Pussytoes
  • Sunflower
  • Yarrow
  • White Clover
  • Asters
  • Common Blue Violet
  • Big Bluestem
  • Little Bluestem
  • Indiangrass
  • Switchgrass
  • Serviceberry
  • Elderberry
  • Tall Thistle (1st year rosette)

One of our staff members donated a young spruce (black hills) for the project and MJ ordered some “snowdrops” for early, early blooms. We also have seeds from compass plant, yellow coneflower, biennial gaura, whorled milkweed, tall thistle and partridge pea ready to start. Sedum and some herbs from our home gardens will also help encourage pollinators. Why do we have a thistle on our list? Not all thistles are bad. Tall thistle is an important plant – http://www.nps.gov/home/naturescience/tall-thistle.htm

More updates on the project: The erosion is nearly controlled – we only have a few places that keep causing us problems when we get a heavy rain. The rain barrel is in place and no problem keeping that filled the past week. We have secured the base of our insect hotel and have started collecting materials.

I’ll post a photo this week once we get planting!

Here’s to Sharing the Buzz!

Soni

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About Soni Cochran

Mother, Wife, Grandma! I am an extension associate with the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. I work with urban pests and wildlife, youth programs and manage the office web site at http://lancaster.unl.edu. My degree is in education and I taught in rural public schools in Nebraska before coming to Nebraska Extension - UNL. I am Deputy Commander of the 155th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol in Lincoln - my focus is on public affairs, disaster relief and emergency services. Great organization of adults/teens serving this nation. Love my family, jobs, and sharing my love of nature and the outdoors with anyone who will listen.

4 thoughts on “YAY Fall!!! We’re able to plant this week!

    • Absolutely, stop by. We’re just getting started but we’ll be putting up an insect hotel/habitat and some bee nest boxes. It looks pretty bare since our new plants are small, but we have a great place to work with.

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