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In it's second year, my tiny patch of little bluestem is finally establishing itself. (photo is KS prairie; if you haven't already, standing alone in the heaviest heat of summer in the middle of the KS Flint Hills should be on your bucket list) I'm thinking that this year I should be able to harvest some seeds. The roots of this native grass can reach 5-8' deep.

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20 Best Perennials for Your Garden

Switchgrass: A lovely North American native prairie grass, switchgrass offers the garden beauty and easy maintenance. Varieties grow from 2 to 6 feet tall and have airy, cloudlike plumes. Some varieties have rich red or purple foliage in autumn.

Eragrostis, Purple Love Grass lifecycle: Perennial  Zone: 5-8  Sun: Full Sun  Height: 18-24  inches Spread: 18-24  inches Uses: Beds, Borders, Container  Bloom Season: Fall, Summer  Resistant To: Deer

Dwarfing a Weeping Fig Tree: Keeping a plant, such as, a tree, in a small pot can be challenging but using some of the techniques of bonsai can help dwarf a plant and keep it small. Regular pruning, both above ground and of the roots, is required. This technique is both an art and a science. Here a weeping fig is used to demonstrate the technique.

Little Bluestem is a great native grass for the garden! A clump-forming grass with slim blue-green leaves, the foliage turns a red-orange in the fall. It’s very easy-to-grow and looks great in massed plantings or mixed with other native grasses and wildflowers. It’s drought tolerant and is easy to grown in full sun.

Chapin Bucket irrigation kit- used by missionaries in 3rd world countries and costs about $7 to irrigate two 50' rows. It's effective, cheap and simple. Fill the buckets 1-2 times daily and that's it.

Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, blossoms between May and June and then produces these berries. Another recommendation from MO Dept. of Conservation.