Getting Started

wildflowers To be honest I procrastinated in buying my seeds but I have purchased some, I found some nice perennial flower mixes that I plan on planting. One thing I have found is that perennials are much easier to deal with as they come back each year and you don’t have to worry about replanting.

One thing I never knew was that perennials roots, since their root systems never die, can grow very deep into the soil, grabbing certain minerals and nutrients and drawing them to the top for other plants. It’s amazing to see how nature helps each other to flourish and thrive.

My biggest reason for wanting to plant perennial wildflower mixes is that I haven’t noticed the amount of bees that were here when we moved in so I want to attract more bees to my property. At some point I will buy a container for bees so that way they can build their own hive here, plants will not thrive without bees, everything is connected.

This year I also decided to plant as much stuff as I can, even if it’s just a seed mix that I can easily spread and forget about. I really want to get rid of a lot of this grass around our home, it doesn’t serve a purpose and I am wasting the potential contained within my soil.

Lesson number 2 of permaculture is plant, it doesn’t matter what, like I heard on a movie one time, “see a need, fill a need”. If you see that your area lacks something like bees, then you should plant something around your property to attract them back. I bought a rhubarb plant even though I don’t like rhubarb, my reasoning for that is that I wanted to have a nice diversity of plants around. I don’t want to plant only things I like, I want to plant other varieties as well since they may be the key to pest resistance or the key to unlocking the nutrients needed for another plant near it.


About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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3 Responses to Getting Started

  1. nepermhome says:

    I just bought a couple butterfly and bee mixed for the kids “happy spring” baskets. Very exciting!

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  2. nepermhome says:

    I look forward to seeing how yours turns out!

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  3. Jana,
    Interesting and instructive. Also, excites me that spring is finally showing its face.

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