05-25-2012, 11:41 AM
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  • mikeperry
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About 18 months ago we started to think what we could do with a large part of our back garden slope (the area we use to call The Jungle). As we don't see ourselves living in this home long term we decided not to spend a fortune excavating out a lot of the slope and putting in retaining walls (maybe a terraced garden).

In the end we decided on clearing the area and putting in a Missouri Native Garden. I done all the work myself, expect for getting in a "professional" to fell the dead Willow tree. I wanted to tackle the tree myself, but the boss wife put her foot down and insisted we pay a "professional" to take it down properly and safely. After watching the arborist take it down, I had to admit I was glad I'd listened to the boss wife on that one...

Below is a small photo diary of our Missouri Native Garden Project:

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2007-08-02: Back garden slope aka The Jungle



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2008-04-20: Back garden slope after clearing away some of the jungle, found a stone wall running across the width of the garden, sowed some grass seed (Tall Fescue) in front of the stone wall



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2008-05-10: Grass beginning to grow in nicely on the slope



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2010-11-01: Immediately before clearing the jungle, dead Willow tree felled



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2011-04-30: 165 Plug Plants from Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, buying mainly plug plants helped keep the overall cost down



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2011-05-07: Ex jungle area covered in annual rye grass (gave slope winter cover, protection)



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2011-05-22: Ex jungle area cleared for the final time and ready for planting



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2011-05-24: Immediately after planting, our Missouri Native Garden Project is truly underway



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2012-05-24: One year on from planting, our Missouri Native Garden Project seems to be establishing itself nicely

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 05-25-2012, 12:03 PM
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Terrific! For people who don't see themselves staying in this house long term, your efforts go above and beyond. I'd be curious to see that Missouri Native Garden one year on. Thumbsup

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 05-25-2012, 12:39 PM
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You guys work so hard - you put us to shame. Thanks for posting. Nice to see.

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 05-27-2012, 05:48 PM
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(05-25-2012, 12:03 PM)freddy Wrote: Terrific! For people who don't see themselves staying in this house long term, your efforts go above and beyond. I'd be curious to see that Missouri Native Garden one year on. Thumbsup

Hi Freddy

The way we view it, any small improvements we can do in the garden will only help us sell the house when (if) the time comes...

I'm also looking forward to seeing it another year ot two, fingers-crossed it should be well established by then.

Take care, Mike

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 05-24-2013, 10:50 AM
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Two years on from planting our Missouri Native Garden Project...

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2013-05-24: Two years on from planting our Missouri Native Garden Project...



Fingers-crossed the new plants planted last September will begin filling in along the back fence during the next few months...

Also, I wish Prairie dropseed was quicker to establish itself, fingers-crossed this year it will really take off and begin to cover the slope...

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 05-24-2013, 11:07 AM
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GREAT!

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 05-24-2013, 12:45 PM
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It's looking good, Mike. Besides, Mother Nature has her own schedule. Wink

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 05-26-2013, 11:08 PM
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Have the Japanese lilac seeds done anything Mike?

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 05-28-2013, 08:13 AM
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(05-26-2013, 11:08 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Have the Japanese lilac seeds done anything Mike?

Hi Brian

Blush Oops! my bad, I'd totally forgot about them (stored in the fridge out in the garage), could've sworn I'd set myself a calendar reminder to get them potted up... Blush

I'll get (some of) them potted up this coming weekend, need to pick up a bag of "soil free" (potting) mix...

Take care, Mike

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 05-28-2013, 08:49 PM
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Hopefully my tree isn't a mule. I have my fingers crossed that they sprout and breed true.

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 11-25-2013, 12:16 PM
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With the gardening season pretty must finished here (Missouri USA) for the year, yesterday's high was -4°C/25°F (factoring in wind chill), too cold for me (a soft London southerner) to go outside and mow the fallen leaves into the lawn, instead I stayed in the warmth and looked through (weekly taken) photos of our Missouri Native Garden & reflected on its progress...

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2010-11-01: Immediately before clearing the jungle and having dead Willow tree removed



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2011-11-06: 24 weeks on from planting



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2012-11-04: 76 weeks on from planting



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2013-11-03: 128 weeks on from planting

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 11-25-2013, 01:59 PM
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I thoroughly enjoy watching the progress of your garden, Mike. Smile

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