The last project for the 2009 season for us at Designing Eden before the snow shut us down was a two acre wildflower meadow in Kent, CT. It was our first large scale meadow. Although it will take a couple of growing seasons to reach its full glory, we are looking forward to seeing what flowers come up in 2010.

Preparing the soil for seed.

Because wildflower seed is so fine, you need to cut it with sand to get the seed to spread evenly. We used a cement mixer to thoroughly mix the sand and seed together.

Since we installed the meadow during late fall, the area will stay dormant until spring. To prevent erosion we applied a layer of straw with this blower.

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  • Kim Giles

    I was also looking into wildflowers for the septic area and saw this entry. Is this at a house that I can drive by or do you have photos of what the wildflowers look like?

    p.s. have not forgotten about you but have had delays in backfilling, painting, etc. due to weather. Looking at fall planting since August would maybe too hot.

    • Richard Schipul

      Thanks for the comment Kim. It’s a house in South Kent off a long drive. I’m sorry to say, you can’t see it from the road. The owners are weekend New Yorkers. I could take you there during the week. I have to blog a progress report. Check out I recently posted a beginning of June photo and an end of June photo.

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