Landscaping for Biodiversity
In response to growing concern about the present vulnerability of ecosystems worldwide Cuvilly has launched its Dig In initiative. With the help of children, parents and friends Cuvilly is reducing areas of lawn and adding native plants and wildlife habitat to it's existing and new gardens.
About Dig In!
In 2022 Cuvilly launched its 'Dig In" initiate. Working to increase biodiversity in multiple small areas such as a backyard can have a huge impact on biodiversity world wide. Over the next few years Cuvilly will be removing areas of grass, increasing the number of plants that support pollinators and creating habitats that support the animals and insects of our locality. To truly have an impact we need others to do the same.
Home Grown National Parks
According to Douglas Tallamy in his book 'Natures Best Hope'.we have three choices; let our ecosystems collapse, let humans dissapear and allow the land to revert back to a natural state or learn to share the land with other species. Cuvilly has chosen the third option and is joining Douglas Tallamy's 'Home Grown National Parks' movement extending our National Parks into our yards. Follow the link below to learn more and join the many people around the nation who a doing the same. homegrownnationalpark.org
A few types of native plants form the backbone of local ecosystems. Oak, willow, blueberry, golden rod, black eyed susan, aster, coreopsis, sunflower are among them. Other natives are also likely to support native wildlife. In the summer of 2022 Cuvilly has planted over 100 new native plants on its campus. Consider adding native plants to your own garden and add to the resources that support the diversity of our wildlife.
Dig In! News Letter
What's Happening? - September 2022
August was a challenging month. As each promise of rain seemed to evaporate before it arrived the garden went into a deep drought. We had hard decisions to make about what to try and keep watered and what to leave to it's own devises. Thankfully, so far, most of our new native plantings have survived. We have now mulched around them to lock in some moisture and protect them from the frosts to come.
It has been interesting to see which plants have coped best. Native perennials tend to be deep rooted and so, when well established, fare better than others in dry conditions. The Goldenrod and Milkweed has needed little to no extra help. The white clover growing in our grass was also green long after the grass turned brown. Another excellent performer has been our newly planted Anise Hyssop which has continued to bloom since we planted it in late June. Turtlehead, planted in shade and given a little watering is also blooming and looking healthy. These plants have provided essential support for bees and butterflies when other plants have struggled.
How You Can Help
This winter is going to be especially hard on the birds and insects that rely on dried seed heads for food and strong plant stems for habitat. Avoid the temptation to tidy the garden for fall and leave cutting back vegetation to late spring.
Leaving fallen leaves in place or using them for mulch will also help plants and insects to successfully make it through the winter.