Native plant seed sowing workshop offered on Oct. 28
WHITEFIELD — Growing native plants from seed is a great way to produce a lot of plants inexpensively and to protect the genetic diversity of our Maine native plants. Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is offering a hands-on workshop on "Growing Native Plants from Seed" on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sheepscot General Store and Farm, 98 Town House Rd in Whitefield. Heather McCargo, founder and director of Wild Seed Project (www.wildseedproject.net), will explain how the germination requirements of native seeds are different from those of our common garden and vegetable plants and why fall is a great time to sow native seeds.
Participants will get hands-on experience in native plant propagation from germination techniques to seed collection and storing procedures. The workshop will cover the sowing of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees, with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. In addition, there will be a demonstration of how to make "seed bombs" to revegetate neglected areas with natives.
The cost of the workshop is $30 for Wild Seed Project members; $20 for non-members and includes seed, pots (4 per person), potting soil and all instruction. Participants are welcome to bring seeds of native plants that have been collected. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Hildy at (207) 596-2040, email@example.com, or register online at www.knox-lincoln.org/wild-seed. Space is limited - please register by October 23.