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"First year they sleep..."

Proper gardening requires patience, careful observation and nurturing when it's young and vulnerable. There's really not much action during the first year of a native garden installation, especially when you use plugs (my preferred method). The old adage goes, "First year they sleep, second year they creep and third year they leap." That said, I popped in on a yard that I installed two months ago and I'm seeing some great progress despite being in an area of heavy deer/rabbit browse and Summer drought. I used 38 cell plug trays of Little Bluestem, Purple Coneflower, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Field Pussytoes, and Butterfly Milkweed as well as a hedge of Shrubby Cinquefoil and five White Wild Indigo. Everything is doing well, especially the Pussytoes (!), with the exception of three of the Shrubby Cinquefoil. These shrubs seem to have not dealt well with the drought so I added some compost from my bin and some extra water in hopes of reviving them. I'll try to remember to add a "creep year" post next year at this time. Stay tuned!

(The last three photos are the "before" pics.

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