Thank you to Dennis Testerman, Margaret Genkins, Carrie DeJaco, and Allison Pittman for teaching kids and family how to make seed bombs and sharing our “Favorite Plants of the Piedmont” list. It’s amazing how interested and engaged our neighbors can be once we start connecting the dots…plants are caterpillar food, birds eat caterpillars, you enjoy the birds in your backyard…so feed them native plants!NCNPS President Larry Mellichamp challenged members at the 2016 Annual Picnic to share botany lore and native plants with our communities and most importantly with children. So how to make a seed bomb? Mix equal parts modeling clay and compost, and then roll it around in the seed mix. Let it dry at home, and then “bomb” a bare patch of soil. Try to keep the area moist for about 2 weeks to allow the seeds to germinate. Thank you also to Kelly Lojk for designing the bookmark to go with our Aquilegia canadensis seed packets. Eastern Columbine is incredibly easy to grow from seed…come visit us and purchase your seed packet for only $1 and start your own native plant garden with seeds or a bomb right away!
NCNPS will also be appearing at the following locations in April:
- March for Science, Marshall Park, Charlotte April 22
- Earthfest, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on April 29
- Statesville Earth Festival on April 29
There’s still time to volunteer if you want to get your hands dirty, and tell stories about plants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.