The pictures are from last fall. Wildflowers haven't started popping up but I think it is a little early to expect the soil conditions to change enough.
What's happening here?
I offered a client a new way to create a wildflower field. I said we should try working within the existing field to get it to start expressing wildflowers. This might take longer but it would be much easier, more affordable and more stable in the long run. Conventional wildflower fields are a lot of tilling, herbicides, and yearly maintenance.
How'd we do it?
1) Soil test
2) Put together a beautiful mineral program covering over 15 essential elements.
3) We key line plowed the field.
4) We spread the mineral mix and the seed together.
5) We wait and maybe add a little more calcium.
The key line plowing holds water on the field. We get big rains, inch plus at a time. Where there is water there is life.
The balanced mineral program allows for the plants with the broadest nutritional needs to come through.
We've noticed the ferns and the poison ivy are stunted. This is a good sign. Those are low fertility weeds and the field is getting better.
We may have to do one more round of key lining and mineral supplement. These projects take time and I am grateful our client is patient and understands Nature's timeframe. We could go faster but it would cost more. It's not so bad that it takes time. The client can gain the all too rare experience of seeing the subtle changes in nature.