Wild Flowers

The area directly behind our house is where the septic tanks are, and therefore the risers with the access covers a directly behind the house.  It isn’t that they are TOO much an eyesore, but it would be nice if there was something there to take the eye away from them.  To that end, I decided planting wildflowers would be an easy way to camouflage it.  While the tiller was still on the tractor I lightly tilled the area around the tank covers.  I then used a small hoe to do the finish work where I didn’t want to get too close to the covers or the house.

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The back room view after raking and seeding

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Soon we will be looking at flowers when dining

 

For my seeds I bought a bag of butterfly and bee perennial wildflower mix from the orange store and mixed in with it all of the wildflower seed pack that I had accumulated over the years.  I even through in a couple packets of Dollar Tree sunflowers.  I used a hand spreader to attempt to spread them evenly.  Of course it was the windiest day in quite awhile when I found time to do this, so I am praying that some of the seeds found their way to the bed I had prepared.  This area is actually close to where our bee hives are, so this will not only be much nicer to look at, but it will serve a purpose of feeding the bees as well.

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Once I get this area established I will reseed the grass around it

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I watered them in, and now I just have to wait, and hope the wild birds don’t eat the seeds, or my chickens, or that we don’t get torrential downpours that wash them all away, or…

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6 Responses to Wild Flowers

  1. Wildflowers will be a great idea. They’ll attract wildlife too which’ll be fun to watch from the window.

  2. Duncan says:

    Seems like a great (and low–maintenance) way to hide your risers. Pretty good idea for the homestead, if you ask me.

  3. Dan says:

    I have a bee-keeping friend who needs more sites to put some hives that he’s moved down here from Evart, MI. Would you be interested in hosting some more hives on your property? He’d give you some of the honey in exchange. Contact me at dan (dot) active (at) gmail if you’re interested, and I’ll put you in touch with him.

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