Spring 2010 News
Spring in Minnesota woke up this year from winter and never looked back! For the first time since the late 1800s we had a snowless March, temperatures are soaring at balmy 50s, 60s and dare I say now 70s! What does this all mean for the ecological gardener? Well, it brings us back to the importance of diversity and reminds us that complex ecosystems are the best to thrive in extremes. It also brings us back to the principle of capture and storing energy on the landscape. Where we might have shoveled snow is now going dry already, it is time to take a look at your landscape and optimize all the energy points and harvest that water, divert the wind and mulch to conserve water and soil.
Here are Ecological Gardens we are ramping up to another exciting season. We have a new urban rooftop project, some large scale design and restoration projects and are celebrating our 10th anniversary. If you are thinking about making some changes to your landscape, give us a call - we'd love to chat.
Happy gardening and may the mulch be with you,
- Lindsay Rebhan
A Favorite Edible Polyculture
Polycultures are grouping of plants that work together to help each other thrive and provide multiple functions for humans, wildlife and the landscape.
Strawberry: Strawberries are an excellent groundcover, a favorite for a children's garden and can be grown on mounds to save space. Alpine strawberries are great for borders and do not spread, woodland strawberry is recommended for a partial shade groundcover and Tri-star strawberry will produce berries for an extended growing season.