A Virginia Meadow-Guest Blogger, Kathy Davis

WELCOME to the 2014  #AtoZ Blog Challenge

Inspired By My Pinterest Boards:  This Year’s Category is GARDENING

Welcome my guest, Kathy Davis,  poet, freelance writer and editor who lives outside of Richmond, Va.  Kathy writes about the beautiful meadow she is creating on her property.

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When we moved from the suburbs to an old farmhouse in the county, we wanted to take an environmentally-sound approach to caring for our two acres—minimizing the amount of mowing needed and avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. As part of that process, we decided to turn a large, flat sunny part of the property into a flowering meadow. We’re doing it gradually, expanding a thousand square feet each year. In the fall, to clear the wiregrass in the new section, we spray the area with an organic herbicide and cover it with a layer of wet newspaper topped with thick leaf mulch. We rake away the mulch mid-April and plant wildflower and native grass seed in the fresh ground. Then the fun begins: watching how the various sections unfold and come together over the spring, summer and fall—each year a new adventure! Catherine Zimmerman’s Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces (Matrix Media Press 2010) and Christopher Lloyd’s Meadows (Timber Press 2004), have been invaluable as guides and sources of inspiration.

Some of the lessons we’ve learned: Make sure grasses account for at least 40 percent of the seed planted to provide structural support for the wildflowers and inhibit the growth of unwanted weeds. Be careful with invasive flowers, such as rudbeckia, which can take over large areas and prevent other flowers from thriving. Mow the meadow mid-season in its first and second years to give slow growing perennials access to more sunlight.

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Thank you Kathy for your guest appearance. This meadow is your slice of heaven

More information about Kathy

She is author of the chapbook Holding for the Farrier (Finishing Line Press 2007). Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry East, The Southern Review and other journals. Read her poetry online at: 2River View, 42opus, Able Muse, Blackbird, and Diode. Kathy also works part-time for a local nonprofit organization that helps students find the financial resources they need to go to college.

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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14 Responses to A Virginia Meadow-Guest Blogger, Kathy Davis

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Really enjoyed reading this thanks.

  2. Harliqueen says:

    Great guest post 🙂

    • How lucky I am to have known this young woman when she was newly married to a nephew many years ago. She’s grown up to be a role model for other women who want to make a difference in the world.

  3. wordstock16 says:

    If we had enough land, I would love to recreate a meadow. It would not have occurred to me to reclaim the land that way. Great post.

  4. “Tise meadow is your slice of heaven” is a lovely line, and I enjoyed reading your pleasant post. http:www.writer-way.blogspot.com

  5. Looks beautiful, I would love to do that too.

  6. What a lovely idea! Great guest post!

  7. Leslie Rose says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. The pictures are lovely. I am very intrigued about creating a meadow. I have a back slope that just might be a great place to try that.

  8. Kristen says:

    A beautiful meadow is exactly what I see in my mind for my own yard. Not that I would be very successful at growing one. 🙂

    Random Musings from the KristenHead — M is for Max (the Puppy) and Mom

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