Making seed bombs–the native plant way

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!20170415_124741.jpgNCNPS 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 ncnpsspchapter@gmail.com if you are interested.

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December 2016 Meeting Report

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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve in December

Now that it’s nearly time for our January meeting, I thought I should give a quick report for December! For those of you who missed it, December is always special. In addition to the program, we bring our favorite foods to share …

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and exchange native plant seeds.

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Seeing what everyone brings to the seed exchange is so much fun! This year’s offerings included Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum), titi (Cyrilla recemiflora), stiff goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigida, syn. Solidago rigida), and fevertree (Pinckneya bracteata). Milkweed, columbine, several species of Rudbeckia, and other interesting seeds were available as well. Growing from seed is one of the best ways to get varieties not commonly available in nurseries to add to your garden. Our “Compost Queen” has done a post about starting any seeds you might have picked up: Native Plant Seed Propagation

Between the food and the seed exchange, Reedy Creek naturalist and educator Laura Domingo presented the program, “Backyard Wildlife.” It is delightful to know, isn’t it, that the more native plants you have in your garden, the more local wildlife you are likely to see. Laura has a passion for nature that is infectious! She introduced us to dozens of fascinating animals we could encounter as we spend time outside in our neighborhoods and gardens. From graceful butterflies and birds to elegant turtles and snakes, when you know what to look for, your backyard is exciting during all seasons.

Thank you to Laura, and all who worked to make the meeting happen, to the many who brought food and seeds, and to those of you who came and supported the effort to spread the word about native plants. You are all appreciated!

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Seed the Untold Story

You might have seen a blurb about this movie in the newsletters from Beth. There has been an effort to bring it to Charlotte, but in order to have a showing a certain number of tickets had to be sold in advance. The minimum has now been reached (yay!), but there are more tickets available if you’d like to join us.

From the Gathr.us website: SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy.”

So watch the trailer, buy your tickets, and we hope to see you all at Stonecrest on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30!