How to grow a prairie garden
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – One of the challenges for a gardener with limited workspace is finding plants that bloom all summer and fall, which is why the versatility of a garden meadow is a great solution.
Prairie gardens offer a mix of flowers that bloom throughout the summer and into the fall, passing the baton month after month.
Once mature, a meadow garden can become very versatile. It can be grown on acres, divided and reused for landscaping, or chopped up in container gardens. When a meadow garden is full, it can even smother weeds and largely depend on rainwater instead of a regular watering schedule.
But despite some large prairie gardens that appear wild, starting one takes hard work and patience.
“The first thing to remember when starting a meadow garden is to have patience with it,” said Aron McReynoles, the owner of New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm, which cultivates eight acres of prairie garden. “It takes a few years to cultivate the garden before it starts to take off.
The garden should start out small and in well-tilled soil. Flower seed mixes can be found in a garden center as a Jung Garden Center. The garden should be watered every two to three days and weeded closely.
After a year or two of expansion, perennial flowers may disappear without constant watering or weeding, and can be moved or modified to fit the garden you want to create.
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