Now is the time to plant your wildflower seeds for next spring. Any time is good during October or November before the cold weather gets settled in our area. This gives the seeds plenty of time for germination before the spring sprouts come forth. Be sure you keep the seeds moist by watering when it’s not raining. We’re having a dry fall this year, so you may need to rely on watering your seed to have a nice wildflower crop next spring. You can buy wildflower seeds most anywhere, but some packets on sale for our area do contain grass seed, too. So, if it’s only wildflower seeds you’re looking for, be sure to check the back of the package to see just how many seeds are included inside. Or you can buy from one of the wild seed sources listed on our website & below:
Wildseed Farms of Fredericksburg, TX, www.wildseedfarms.com;
Native American Seed of Junction, TX, www.seedsource.com.
Wildflowers not only add beauty to your landscape, but they bring in the pollinators necessary for our food crops. Additionally, most wildflowers are not eaten by the deer except in extreme drought conditions making these flowers a great choice to add to your home here at Oakridge Ranch.
And don’t forget to send pictures of your wildflowers to ORWMA email@example.com.
Below is a note received from Mark Lange, the Colorado County Wildlife Biologist and CCWMA to all members of Oakridge Ranch WMA.
“Good morning, CCWMA members,
Just a couple quick reminders this morning as the general season opener is fast approaching.
1) CCWMA leadership would like to remind you that If you haven’t already joined the whitetail contest, please try to do so before November 5th. Your $15 entry fee puts you in the running for the $9,100 in prizes. We are really urging you to get your kids involved (deadline October 29th for youth). A complete contest entry form can be found on www.ccwma.org on the home page. You can mail your entry to Mickey Mangum or drop it by my office and I will get it to him.
2) Like I discussed at the meetings and to everyone that has come to my office for tags, the CWD testing efforts are still on-going and will be for years to come. I would greatly appreciate your assistance in my efforts to collect samples. After you harvest any adult deer, simply save the head on ice and contact me at my office or via email (Mark.Lange@tpwd.texas.gov). I will be checking my phone at the office for at least the first two weekends of general season so just leave me a message and I will return your call ASAP.
Thank you for your assistance and continued support of CCWMA. Good luck this season.”
This is a class being offered to all in Colorado County. Since Oakridge Ranch has won the Lone Star Land Steward Award, this will be of particular interest to Oakridge Ranch landowners. Hope to see you there!
We had an informative seminar on spring maintenance held by our County Extension Agent, Stephen Janak. Stephen gave us an overview of his background as well as many resources to use for our spring maintenance here in the Oak Prairie region of Texas, including ways to control grass or sand burrs on our properties. Stephen’s contact information is below: