Last year was my first year attempting to start native plant indoors from seed. I learned a little and seem to be having more success this year. We have transplanted at least 1000 pollinator plants into the greenhouse from the lab where they germinated. We are growing several species of milkweed which we purchased from … More Adventures in Greenhouse Growing
Last week I had the privilege to attend the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators workshop in northeast Oklahoma. TAP provides training and technical support for tribes throughout North America that want to conserve and restore grassland ecosystems in order to help threatened pollinators and to preserve the native plants that serve as the foundation for Indigenous … More Inspiration for Pollinators
Starting this year, I am developing the Oklahoma Native Seed Library. We will collect seeds from iconic Oklahoma native plants. My goal is to acquire seeds from around the state to represent a variety of genetic diversity. We will launch the initiative by focusing on charismatic grasses of the Oklahoma prairie and woodlands. As the … More Oklahoma Native Seed Library
I spent the weekend learning about and being inspired by a variety of ecological restoration projects going on in my region. The presentations I sat in on focused mostly on grassland restoration. So, I learned about a herbicide that seems effective on Johnsongrass, but does little harm to native forbs and only affects a few … More Ecological Restoration
The other day it was warm and windy. At home, I had the windows open and with every gust of wind I could hear the acorns steadily falling onto the backyard picnic table. I noticed in the mid-summer that this year would be a bumper crop of acorns. Our oak tree’s bottom limbs were almost touching … More Acorns Are Everywhere!