Planting Fairly Ponds and Gardens, Seed Saving Libraries


Planting Fairly Ponds and Gardens, Seed Saving Libraries

pink daisy-like flowers in sun spotlight
I by no means had luck with native coneflowers till they confirmed me the place they wished to be. As an excessive amount of shade begins to impression their desired spot, they edge nearer and nearer to sunnier borders, however they nonetheless get solar breaks through the day.
deep pink daisy-like flower
I like these multi-taskers since pollinators of all types sip nectar, birds love their seeds, and solitary bees snuggle into their stems to hibernate in winter. These are the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), however there are numerous different native species, together with angustifolia and pallida.
pale orange and white patio stones umbrella table plant border and shed beyond
Nancy Corridor has gone by way of the identical “proper spot” quandary since 1985 when she purchased her home. She admits to numerous errors since she began with a clean garden and chain hyperlink fence. However alongside the best way, she discovered how one can match crops with Texas climate and her Blackland Prairie clay soil. Learn CTG’s weblog about her backyard.
garden beds along fence, small natural stone pond in middle of lawn
She begins our program this week to spotlight the Austin Pond and Backyard tour, introduced by the Austin Pond Society on June 1st and 2nd.
pale blue and aqua design with woman in pale golden gown mural
Meet Nancy on June 1; she appears ahead to answering your questions! You’ll wish to try her paintings, too.
small rock lined pond bordered by plants
As at all times, stroll by way of extremely stunning gardens and ponds, and meet the designers, from DIY gardeners to professional groups. Uncover ponds large and small (the one above is Lisa and Shane Lamb’s) and get particulars from fish to filters. Learn the way to get tickets and preview the gardens.
two men and woman on CTG set
Then, we get along with Steve Kainer of Hill Nation Water Gardens and Nursery, now celebrating its twenty fifth 12 months! My data don’t return that far, however he was concerned with CTG fairly rapidly. I do know that he joined us in 2004 to speak about disappearing fountains, a novel thought for us all again then! Steve’s been an awesome buddy and trusted advisor to us all whereas he grew his nursery as we’ve grown CTG.
two men on CTG set with pond plants in pots
He joins John Hart to enchant us with beautiful foliar and flowering crops which might be principally chilly hardy. His standout colocasias (taro/elephant ears) are usually not invasive, be assured! He covers plant particulars with ideas for dividing and fertilizing.
magenta water lily
One among his showoffs is ‘Sangria’ water lily, a magnificence that’s fantastic by way of winter.
lavender white and yellow iris flower
And one among his pond or lavatory crops that’s a landlubber, too: Louisiana iris! A pricey buddy handed alongside mine over 20 years in the past, and it nonetheless blooms yearly in its half shade spot. It will get no particular care from me per water or fertilizer, both.
poster 25th Spring Celebration Saturday May 18th 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and list of events
And take a look at this fabulous lineup for his or her twenty fifth Annual Spring Celebration! Nice talks, stay music, enjoyable distributors, meals, drink and crops! This Saturday, Could 18 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
man and son in front of Made in Austin Austin PBS sign
This week we additionally launch a first-timer visitor, Adler Asher, Blackshear Elementary pupil and son to John Hart and Bonnie!
cute boy waving to us on  CTG set
Adler’s no stranger to prairie restoration, since he’s joined his dad on many expeditions. So, he explains why prairies disappeared and why restoration now issues a lot to our future ecology.
student -built clay model showing prairie tunnels made by prairie dogs and a ferret eyeing one of them
They help prairie canines that in flip help the endangered black-footed ferret, prairie hen and Ferruginous hawk. All of us within the studio have been so impressed that he pronounced “ferruginous” with no stumble. I certain couldn’t!

As a result of many prairie crops have deep roots, they assist stabilize soil and preserve water, and so they lock carbon within the soil as soil natural carbon.

“The prairie soils are also dwelling to a universe of microbes that type helpful relationships with grasses and flowers,” he reminds us. And naturally, they supply habitat for wildlife and nourish our sense of surprise! (And watch our dialog with soil well being practioner Andie Marsh concerning the soil meals internet!)
woman on TV set with plates and jars of seeds
Seeds are a giant a part of our future, particularly as native crops develop into endangered. So, panorama marketing consultant Colleen Dieter based Central Texas Seed Savers in 2018, now a mission of Fruitful Commons. Simply since then, they’ve shared tens of 1000’s of seed packets with the neighborhood! One of many applications they help are seed libraries the place you’ll be able to try seeds to plant the longer term.
seed saving book and seeds on plates and in jars on TV set
Colleen explains how one can bundle your seeds to deposit on the circulation desk or e book drop. Many of the Austin Public Library branches take part and numerous suburban and exurban libraries in Central Texas have seed collections, too. You do wish to be sure your seeds are fully dry in order that they don’t get moldy (I’ve made that mistake, imagine me!).
index card with "Inland Sea Oats" and information on it on a plate of dried seeds
Write on a card what seeds you’re donating. “And the date that the seeds have been collected, as a result of the seeds, as they age, lose their potential to sprout, so we have to understand how previous they’re.” Colleen explains. “After which write “For the Seed Assortment” so the librarians will know what that is.”

Be part of fellow gardeners for enjoyable seed swap get-togethers. Get dates at Central Texas Seed Savers, on their Instagram and on Fb.

And take heed to “Horticulture Hangover” with Colleen and Leah Churner each Saturday morning from 8 – 9 a.m. and stream anytime!

Watch now!

Thanks for stopping by! Linda