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As I type there's a GIANT excavator at home tearing up my front yard (I'm pretty antsy today)  Really really giant, so giant I wanted to stand next to it for a size comparison:


Did I mention huge?  I'm still kinda shocked at how big this sucker is.  Now I totally understand why the guy was so certain he can take care of an acre of stumps (about 120 all told) in a day or maybe a day and a half...

Neil and I have been planning this since 2008 when we moved into the house.  The forest came right up to the edge of our leach field - in fact there's at least one stump that might not get pulled because the roots could very easily be intertwined with the leach field pipes, and I really don't want to find out for sure the hard way.  So for the safety of our system we knew we had to cut the woods back.  And if we wanted to do any gardening we knew we'd need to cut it back more - since veggies do tend to like sunshine which pine trees block really well!

But I did not want more lawn.  Along with being a PAIN to take care of (all that mowing, ugh) lawns are ecologically barren.  I like wildlife and plant diversity, and all those important things.  So along with a large veggie garden (which the wildlife and chickens will be fenced OUT of)  We're planting a wildflower meadow!  I've ALWAYS wanted a wildflower meadow and I'm SOOOO excited this is finally happening!!  So excited I'm breaking out the all caps and exclamation marks, sorry!!

We've ordered lots of seed from the good folks over at the Vermont Wildflower farm.  Along with individual species they have lots of great mixes for all regions of the county. 

In light of my wanting a nice ecosystem we're starting our field off with a base of 10lbs Nature's Choice Mix which contains 70%: Blue Flax, California Poppy, Cornflower, Wild Cosmos, Gloriosa Daisy, Plains Coreopsis, Red Poppy, Shasta Daisy, Wild Sunflower, and Bird's Foot Trefoil along with 30% Kale, Millet, Red Clover, and White Clover
Adding to the mix to kick up the wildflower proportion we're getting 1 oz. Purple Coneflower, 1 oz. Lance-leaf Coreopsis, 1 oz. Black-eyed Susan, 1/4lb. Perennial Lupine, 1 oz. Ox-eye Daisy, 1 packet New England Aster, 1 oz. Chicory, and 1 oz. Rose Mallow (links mostly for my own benefit, don't feel like you have to follow them all!)

This whole crazy mix was picked out with the help of one of the folks who works at the wildflower farm.  I explained what soil type we're dealing with and the look we're going for (and our budget) and she made some recommendations!  I feel pretty good just following her ideas since she's the one with the knowledge.  Once the excavator is done Neil and I will go into the wreckage and clean up any large logs, rocks, etc... that remain.  Then our neighbor has agreed to bring over his harrowing machine and the seed spreading attachment.  That'll be really handy since seeding a full acre with a little push-seeder would be a pain...



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May. 4th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Amen on the wildflower meadow! I would like to do that myself, someday. (First things first.) All the mowing required otherwise is a ridiculous waste. It's almost enough to make one want to keep goats. Almost.
May. 4th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
ticksticksticksticksticks :)
May. 6th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)

Also, my dogs already run through hay fields twice a day. At least my wildflower field will be patrolled by fowl...
May. 6th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Sounds so delightful! It will be so exciting to see those wildflowers starting to emerge :)

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