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This Week in the Prairie Patch: August 23-29

European paper wasp on tropical milkweed. Photo by Cathy Streett

Plant Updates: We continue to see a variety of blooms in the garden, including zinnias, butterfly bush and tropical milkweed (pictured left) The orange impatiens at the north end of the garden have tripled in size since being planted in June. Our regular harvesting continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Through our Garden Giveaway program (available in the lobby) we have harvested and shared over 43 pounds of produce so far this season.

Be a citizen scientist! Our friends at Journey North have started their fall Monarch watch and are looking for observations to help document the fall migration. Click here to learn more and participate.

Book Recommendations:

Pugtato Finds a Thing

Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook

Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

The Ultimate Container Gardener: All you need to know to create plantings for spring, summer, autumn and winter

Share Your Prairie Patch Story:

Did you have a memorable experience in the Prairie Patch this summer? Reading in the shade, eating ice cream on a bench, playing in the Mud Kitchen? We're harvesting highlights to share on the blog the end of the season. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story. 

Seed Library:

Are you interested in helping plant future gardens? To learn what you need to do to save your seeds and donate to our Seed Library, email Natalie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




This Week in the Prairie Patch: June 14-20

Did you know the Prairie Patch is Monarch Waystation? We have certified we have created a habitat that helps preserve the species and support the butterfly's amazing migration every year. Click here to learn more about the Monarch Way Station program.

Another great resource to help support Monarch habitats and migration is with Journey North, a citizen scientist program that helps track the migrations of a variety of species including monarchs and hummingbirdsClick here to learn more about Journey North's Monarch tracking program and how you can participate as a citizen scientist.

Sensory Garden: The globe alliums are near the end of their blooming but 'look' for the hollyhock to bloom soon in the same bed. Have you gotten a chance to 'taste' the mint yet? We have two types of mint growing in the same bed, one has a darker stem, the other a green similar to the leaves. One is definitely a sharper mint flavor. Which one do you like best?

Weekly Garden Giveaways: We will hopefully start these in July depending on local health guidelines.

Book Recommendations:

Non-Fiction

Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide

Vegetable Gardening Wisdom: Daily Advice and Inspiration for Getting the Most from Your Garden

Fiction

Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Seed Library:

It isn't too late to plant your own garden! If you are interested in getting seeds from our Seed Library, email Natalie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteering:

If you are interested in helping us in the garden this summer, please contact Natalie Williams about volunteering: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.