Mk Neal wrote: The first picture is a close up of Prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum) which will have a maroon flower, surrounded by green rosettes of the biennial tall bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum).
Juniper Zen wrote: I’m planning on replacing the bucket with an irrigation line that has nipples directly in it, so that the water is always fresh and never needs to be refilled. We’ll see how it goes.
Anne Miller wrote:
My thought was to solarize, plant the strawberries this spring for erosion control, the sow the pollinator seed mix in the fall for next spring.
I see no reason to remove the strawberries. If they can't co-exist with the pollinator seed mix, nature will work everything out.
Sounds to me like this would make everyone happy.
greg mosser wrote:can you leave your solarizing material on over the winter and do the seeding plus whatever else the following spring? that would at least avoid bare earth over the winter.
Anne Miller wrote:Have you thought about growing a ground cover that pollinators would love?
I always think about creeping thyme but wild strawberries, Fragaria vesca, might be good, too.
In the fall you might be able to sow the native pollinator mix and everyone will be happy.
R Scott wrote:If that's the case, I would do it in stages. Either spots or narrow strips on contour, whichever work for your supplies and plants.
R Scott wrote:Definitely better than tilling, but it depends.
How prone to erosion?
When is the rainy season?
Could you add swales or other erosion control?
Could you plant an annual cover crop to hold the soil and prevent weeds from sprouting?