Nature Hills Nursery, King Green Landscaping, and Sienna Francis House Team Picture
Last year, the Sienna Francis House reached out to us to see if we were willing to help them redo their entrance to the women's shelter. The entrance didn't look the greatest and they felt it needed to be redone. They have a lot of ladies living there that liked to garden and were interested in doing more.
We thought that this would be a great way to give back to the community, so we reached out to our friends at King Green Landscaping to see if they would be interested in helping. They thought this would be a great project to do with us, and offered to help. We provided the plants and they provided the expertise and manpower to get this project done the right way.
When talking to Stephanie at the Sienna Francis House, we decided that an edible landscape would be nice to have for the residents, as they do not typically get much fresh fruit donated. We also determined that planting a butterfly pollinating garden would be good for the environment. King Green came up with a plan on how we could combine both.
It was a very busy day as there were others out putting on a new roof! First, we cleared out the grass that was there.
Removing the grass
Next, we had to put the plants where they needed to go and applied mulch around them:
Planting and applying mulch
Then we watered thoroughly:
Here are a few images of how it turned out. In all, we planted five blueberry bushes, five raspberry bushes, five blackberry bushes, three currant bushes, three compact cranberry plants, three sand cherry shrubs, three standing ovation serviceberries, and nine strawberry plants. In addition to those edible plants, we planted seventeen butterfly milkweed plants, twelve salvia, nine goldenrod, nine rudbeckia, and four Joe Pye weed plants.
We will provide a follow-up post to this next year when the plants are hopefully starting to produce some fruit!
Raspberries, Blackberries, and Blueberries
Here is a list of plants we used in case you would like to learn more about them:
Autumn Bliss Raspberry
Black Satin Blackberry
Butterfly Weed Plant
May Night Salvia
Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan
Pawnee Buttes Sand Cherry
Standing Ovation Service Berry
Little Joe Pye Weed
Ozark Beauty Strawberry