The native perennial species of our meadows — milkweeds, asters, Joe Pye weed and others — will make one more offering in fall, as if they haven’t given enough already. They will offer up their seed. Gardeners can nurture the next generation by collecting some of it, and propagating more of their favorite wildflowers. But there’s a little wrinkle.
“Most land where it’s too wet or dry, or where a bird or mouse eats it.”, said Heather McCargo, who founded the nonprofit Wild Seed Project in Maine in 2014. The majority of seeds dispersed that way never become full-grown plants. But if you collect seeds in a timely manner and sow them in a protected way — using basic tactics like rodent-proofing the nursery bed with mesh sheeting — “you can have a plant from each seed,” she said. A small pinch of seed can yield 50 or more plants for your garden, or for a community planting at a school or park.
How many tales about harvesting were told by Jesus, in the form of parables: the story of the sower, the good or bad harvest, the mustard seed, the rich miser, and others. Because seeding and harvesting, were essential in those days and up to the present. Jesus wanted to contribute to people in their ordinary, day to day life. Establishing the Church as an institution was done later with years, enhancing new capabilities and benefits.
Growing Wildflowers Isn’t Difficult. And It’s Urgent.
In a shifting climate, with environmental diversity at risk, it’s never been more important to propagate native plants. Here’s how.
By MARGARET ROACH
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