From 2017 to 2022 - A lot has changed We began our prairie restoration in the spring of 2017 - on upland dry sandy soil in the sand plains of Minnesota. Look back at our first 4 years here - Native Prairie Restoration: Years 1-3 and Native Prairie Restoration: Year 4. Year 5-6- 2021-2022: Growth … Continue reading Dry Upland Native Prairie Restoration – Years 5-6
Is there such thing as too many cats?
This is the story of how we went from owning 1 cat to 7 in just three months. Sometimes, the most exciting things are surprises.... We'll start at the very beginning - 8 years ago we adopted our first cat. She is a silver/gray siberian forest cat. Big and hairy. Our children were young and … Continue reading Is there such thing as too many cats?
How you can help #savebees
What is the best way to help out struggling bees and pollinators? If you aren’t a gardener or don’t have a yard, how can you help?? As beekeepers, we have an inside view on the needs of pollinators and we’ve boiled it down to 3 easy things that everyone can do to impact our pollinators. … Continue reading How you can help #savebees
Why does a first year prairie look like garbage?
Our prairie is now 2 years old, but we forgot to report on it's first year growth. Maybe it's because we were embarrassed of how it looked. There was so much uncertainty and fear that first year. We planted at the end of May 2017. Right after planting, we had a month and half without … Continue reading Why does a first year prairie look like garbage?
If You Build It – They Will Come….. Attracting pollinators and breeding a better berry
From the very first day we walked the land, I have been looking for bees. And they were scarce. I would occasionally see a bumble bee and I did see a honey bee or two - but not very many. Any flowers at the property were usually devoid of life. Maybe it was because the … Continue reading If You Build It – They Will Come….. Attracting pollinators and breeding a better berry