Back in March of 2014, I wrote a post about change. In that post I said there are some changes that we cannot control, and some that we can. Waking of the Bear is going to take on a new direction. It is going to change. In fact, it is going to be about specific change.
A couple of years ago, Regina and I decided to begin a process that will eventually change our twenty acres of hay producing, grazing pasture into a natural, wildlife environment that welcomes birds, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, rabbits, frogs, moles, possums, skunks, – well you get the picture.
This year we applied for, and were granted the designation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, from the National Wildlife Federation. The plaque on our front gate states, “This property provides the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young.” We will honor that designation.
Little by little, we are changing our little piece of the earth into something very natural. Wild flowers, weeds, and natural grasses will be living together, as they were meant to be.
So, this blog site will become a chronicle of the process and progress of this change. We will continue our practice of no chemicals – herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers – on our property.
We started with the small area in front of our house, an area that was watered and mowed on a regular basis. First we mowed the grass very low, almost to dirt. Then we aerated it and spread some wild flower seed mix. After that, we just let nature do whatever it wanted. The result, as you can see, was very pleasing.
In the Fall or Winter, we will cut back all the growth, put the remains in the spreader, and spread it in the northwest pasture. We will also scrape, aerate, and plant another area in front of the big tree. These areas will not be watered regularly, and will rely solely on nature’s rains. It will be interesting to see the difference.
This year we had an unusually large amount of rain during the Summer. Other years may not follow suit. We will try to keep up with that bit of information also.
Stay tuned as we go through this long process.