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.
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.
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.