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Colorado Columbine: Our Most Popular Wildflower of 2015

Colorado Columbine
In its fair Western home, may the columbine bloom, till our great mountain rivers run dry. – “Where the Columbines Grow” by A.J. Fynn

It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of another growing season. The flowers that once filled our landscapes with color and beauty have disappeared; their withered heads a reminder that, as Frost put it best, nothing gold can stay. Here at Nature’s Seed we like to use this slow down to take a closer look at the past year.

Pastured Poultry: What Kind of Forages Should Your Chickens Be Grazing On?

If you’re a regular here at Nature’s Seed, you’ve probably noticed by now that we have a pasture seed blend for just about everything. From traditional livestock like cattle and sheep all the way to honey bees and tortoises, our experts have collaborated with farmers and hobbyists all over the country to create the ideal blend for every grazing animal. And due to popular demand, we recently added one more – chickens.

Landscaping Challenges: What to Do About Your Park Strip

Park strip, hell strip, road verge, parkway, utility zone, curb strip, etc. While the area between the sidewalk and road goes by many names, everyone can agree on one thing – they’re challenging when it comes to landscaping. These often neglected areas are the true “no man’s land” of the landscape. They’re technically not the homeowner’s property, yet the homeowner is still required to maintain them; all while keeping in mind the city could dig up, rip up, or place something there at any time.

5 Lawn Alternatives for Dealing with the California Drought

California Drought Map
With most of California facing extreme to exceptional drought conditions, the parched land is giving a whole new meaning to the nickname “golden state”. Golden lawns are becoming the new normal as folks take drastic measures to conserve water. But you don’t have to settle for crunchy brown grass. There are several excellent alternatives to traditional lawn that don’t require much, if any, irrigation once established. While they might have a slightly different look than what you’re used to, in time most people come to appreciate their unique style.

Converting Your Old Alfalfa Field into a Productive Pasture

Monitoring Alfalfa
Alfalfa may be the “queen of the forages”, but even queens grow old and are eventually superseded. Generally, alfalfa producers can expect at least three to five years of peak productivity followed by a steady decline in yield. A stand that started with 20 to 50 plants per square foot at establishment might end up with less than 10 plants per square foot near the end of its life. A good rule of thumb is to count the number of stems per square foot. When the number of stems drops below 40 per square foot, an alfalfa stand is no longer considered economical.

Vile Vine: Field Bindweed Can Be Devastating to Your Lawn, Garden & Pasture

Field Bindweed
Perhaps no other weed invokes as much disgust throughout America as Convolvulus arvensis – or field bindweed. Also referred to as morning glory, creeping Jenny, wild morning glory, and devil’s guts (a very appropriate name in my opinion), this noxious weed is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop loss each year, not to mention the headache it causes for homeowners and gardeners. From my experience, I’ve seen it overwhelm portions of my own pasture where I didn’t take a more aggressive stance.

A Look at 2015 Lawn, Garden, and Small Farm Trends

Urban Farming
As I stare out my window at the glistening snow-covered landscape today, I can’t help feeling a sense of optimism and hopefulness for the coming year. Not only am I excited for my own pursuits, I’m also eager to see the ideas and hard work of our customers continue to progress. Throughout the nation, there seems to be a shift taking place. More folks are returning to the land and taking an interest in our agrarian roots, whether it’s through gardening, landscaping, hobby farming or larger agricultural projects.

December Lawn and Garden Checklist

December Landscape
On behalf of everyone here at Nature’s Seed, I’d like to thank all our customers for another great year. I hope everyone was successful with their seeding projects, no matter how big or small. It seemed December snuck up on us pretty quick this year. For many of us, this time of year provides a much needed rest from the toils of the past season. December also brings a rest for our gardens, lawns and pastures as temperatures drop and dormancy sets in. But this doesn’t mean we’re totally off the hook yet; there are still a few things we should do before the depths of winter set in.

Nature’s Seed Introduces New Planting Aid Products

Grass Seedlings
You might have noticed we’ve been busy this month adding new seed blends and products to our website. In an effort to meet the diverse needs of our customers, we’ve also added several new items to our line of planting aids. These new items include the popular Am 120 inoculant, M-Binder tackifier and rice hulls. Since not all our customers might know what these aids can help them achieve, I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at each item.

The Amazing Benefits of Forage Radish

Forage Radish
Think you know about radishes? Think again. Forget about those little red veggies you grow in your garden; I’m talking about forage radishes. Also known as tillage radish, this souped-up member of the brassica family is not something you’ll find on the dinner table. In fact, forage radish never actually leaves the ground to perform its best work. So what’s making farmers and gardeners everywhere do a double-take when introduced to forage radish? The answer can be found in the roots, or “tillers” of this amazing crop.

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