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Mini meadows : grow a little patch of colorful flowers anywhere around your yard
ISBN:
9781612128351
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x, 141 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Summary:
The word "meadow" conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow - a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil - can be any size; plus, it's fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water than a traditional lawn, and provides habitat for pollinators - not to mention a natural exploration space for children. From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies. Mini Meadows offers gardeners of all levels the keys to creating, caring for, and reaping the rewards of thriving meadows through the seasons, year after year. 
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The word "meadow" conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow -- a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil -- can be any size; plus, it's fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water than a traditional lawn, and provides habitat for pollinators -- not to mention a natural exploration space for children.

From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies. Mini Meadows offers gardeners of all levels the keys to creating, caring for, and reaping the rewards of thriving meadows through the seasons, year after year.


Author Notes

Mike Lizotte is the owner of the seed and plant supply company American Meadows and has been helping people start home-scale meadows for more than 25 years. He lives near Shelburne, Vermont.


Table of Contents

Preface: My Life in Meadowsp. vii
Introduction: You've Got the Perfect Spot for a Meadowp. 1
1 Meadow Planning 101p. 13
2 Digging Inp. 37
3 Autumn and Beyondp. 67
4 Meadows with a Purposep. 77
5 Planting for Pollinators and Wildlifep. 101
Appendix: Meadow Plants for Specific Regionsp. 123
Glossaryp. 132
Resourcesp. 134
Indexp. 138