Annual Seedling Sale is underway! Missaukee Conservation District is pleased to offer a large variety of trees, shrubs, garden crops, and seeds. This year, the district is also offering a series of workshops during March and April. These two-hour sessions are designed to help landowners select and effectively use plants for their projects whether it is reforestation, landscaping, or a brand-new hobby.
The plants offered in the seedling sale are carefully selected. This year we have focused on native species that are almost guaranteed to successfully grow in this county. With pollinators in peril, invasive species moving in, and native habitats declining, we feel it is important to promote our native species and what they can do for our area. While all the plants offered in the sale are wonderful, I am particularly drawn to Common Ninebark. The flowers are beautiful and unique. The plant is adaptable to many sites including tough clay soils and dry or wet sites. It’s amazing that such an easy-going plant is native to our region, special to native bees, and produces nutritious berries for our beloved song birds. We have also expanded our selection of garden fruits and vegetables this year. Cultivated crop plants are not native, but are very important for people and are unlikely to interfere with native habitats. Several plants were selected for their multi use. Raspberries and blueberries are excellent fresh, frozen, and in baked goods & jams. Hops are not as versatile since the only use for them is in beer brewing, but that doesn’t make them any less interesting. Small scale farming is an excellent way to reconnect with the earth and your food. Get your hands dirty this spring and summer! Plant shrubs and trees for wildlife and land improvement; plant fruits and veggies to harvest for summer meals and winter canning.
Deadline for Missaukee Seedling Sale is Thursday April 13, 2017.