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Provide a Healthy Habitat
for Wildlife
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      Audrey Hirsch's Meadow in September.
Remove Invasive Plants.
Plant more Native Plants.
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Reducing lawn area and creating habitat
Experiment in replacing lawn with a meadow garden
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Making comparisons between the lasagna technique and black plastic - 2 sections about 60' apart:
     Soil test now and a year later when we get ready to plant
     A "Soil your Undies" test established now to be recovered and analyzed a year later
Our lasagna recipe: 1. cardboard; 2. grass cut from the site; 3. straw; 4. garden soil; 5. mulch; 6. lots of water on each layer and the expectation of a rainy afternoon
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Resources for Habitat Gardening:


“For the Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Creating Inviting Habitats”

       by Mary Free, MGNV Volunteer 

       Wonderful overview of the subject and a great place to start as you plan your new or

       expanded habitat development.  


Virginia Tech Publications and Educational Resources related to Wildlife

       Large variety of articles.


Lawson, Nancy. Wildscape: Trilling Chipmunks, Beckoning Blooms, Salty Butterflies, and

       other Sensory Wonders of Nature.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 2023.

       Explores habitat-building through the five senses


Norris, Kelly.   New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home

       Garden.  Beverly, MA: Cool Springs Press, 2021.

       Inspiration for building home gardens that imitate wild spaces.

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