Cover & Nurse Crops

Preparing an area for more future natives, I planted buckwheat with some native warm season grasses and Coreopsis. It helped keep down unwanted weeds in particularly rocky, weedy areas, until Sideoats Grama and Little Bluestem seedlings grew larger. The following winter, during an ice storm, I broadcasted more native grass seed and forbs, including echinacea purpurea. These seeds germinated very well in the spring.