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Today I started by spreading two hoppers of grass seed in the forest yard.  Challenges:
* Spreading grass seed in high wind rarely works well.
* Shoving a cheap grass spreader over very rough ground also doesn't work well.
* Also the idiot who assembled this thing put the handle on upside-down, which I did not notice, because the model I examined closely was assembled correctly.  So the control is on the left side (not too bad, as I am ambidextrous) and the rate dial points at the ground (a real nuisance).  At some point we'll need to take that off and reposition it, but I don't have the spoons today.
However, there is now a lot of grass seed and white clover seed across the forest yard, which is an improvement over none.

Second round, I spread another hopper of grass/clover seed.  That's roughly 3/4 of a 50 pound bag.

Third round, I took pictures.

EDIT 4/15/17: Fourth round, I spread the final hopper of grass/clover seed.  This finishes off that 50 pound bag.  It covered the tilled areas in most of the front yard on both sides of the sidewalk, not counting the street side of the fencerow or the bit by the house that wraps around the side.  We still need to cover the area around the old raspberry patch too.  So that's another 50 pound bag to buy later.

EDIT 4/15/17: Fifth round, I watered plants around the septic cap and tried a little raking of the dirt hills.  I am not much use at the latter.


Some fringe tulips that I planted in fall have bloomed red and yellow instead of some combination of purple-pink-white which is what they should have been.  :/
Some fringed tulips in the purple-and-white garden bloomed red and yellow.

This is the area around the septic tank with plants installed, looking west.
Here is the septic cap with plants installed, looking west.

Here is a closeup of the rhubarb (center) with onion chives (bottom left), spiderword (bottom right) and marigolds (center behind rhubarb).  You can see a few tufts of wild chives along the outer border, those pale green strands that look similar to grass.
This is a closeup of the rhubarb beside the septic cap.

This is a closeup of the stonecrop sedum (bottom left), coreopsis (bottom right), butterfly weed (middle right), garlic chives (middle), and marigolds (top).
This is a closeup of the septic cap showing coreopsis.

Thsi shows the septic cap looking east.  You get a better view of the wild chives along the border.  That cluster of gray spots around the white pipe is the Dusty Miller artemesia.
This shows the septic cap with plants installed, looking east.

Contrast the above pictures with the septic cap before planting.

In the savanna, my red oak is leafing out.  I should probably buy and plant more oaks.  When I started gardening for wildlife, I wasn't paying as much attention to native ecosystems as I am now. Oak savanna is a native Illinois habitat type.
My red oak sapling is leafing out in the savanna.

These daffodils are blooming  underneath it.
These daffodils are blooming under the red oak.

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