Plantin’ in the Rain

I’m tempted to complain about yesterday’s massive storm, as it sent a few huge limbs crashing onto the fence in my backyard, and led to a considerable amount of screaming in my house, but it was awesome for the native seeds we’d just planted at Water Street, and I’m thankful for that. Here are a couple of shots of my friend Jason and me, along with a small army of awesome kids, disseminating Common Milkweed, Wild Senna, Green Headed Coneflower, and Woodland Sunflower seeds just as the storm started rolling in… If you’ve been collecting native seeds this fall, and you feel like sharing, now would be a great time to bring them down to Water Street Commons and scatter them. [A complete list of the 27 different species of flowering plants and 8 different species of native grasses that we’ve planted thus far can be found here.]



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  1. Mr. Vick
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I am growing increasingly concerned about the direction of this site. It’s been almost a full week since the Japanese announced the creation of a Handjob Giving Robot, and yet all you want to talk about is native plants and the Civil War. I am disgusted.

  2. Octosis
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Yes, where are the posts about Faith Hill’s marriage troubles and the teacher in LA who was caught feeding his 3rd grade students semen cookies? I’m beginning to lose patience.

  3. T.
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Are there certain seeds you’re looking for more than others? Would you be looking for things that aren’t on the list that you linked to?

  4. JC
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    In answer to T, may I suggest anything that’s native to Michigan and has a chance of thriving on a dryish site with lean soil. The various milkweed, goldenrod, and aster species, and other tough things like Black-Eyed Susan, prairie grasses, and so forth. But I suspect consensus is that as long as it’s a plant or grass that’s native to Michigan and you’ve got seeds or transplants to share and are up for experimenting, go for it.

  5. T.
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, JC. I was thinking specifically about Jerusalem Artichoke.

  6. JC
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Sunchokes would be great. If you’re interested, you can take part in the implementation of an Ypsilanti Food Forest, which a group of folks hope to get going at the Commons in the spring.

    I personally am down with all manner of edibles getting planted out there; but maybe we’d want to meet as a collective and hash out ideas before too much food gets planted, so there’s consensus. Just thinking aloud. In the meantime, you could probably just go for it.

  7. Posted November 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Also on the way, from what I’ve been told today, are :

    Smooth Blue Aster
    New England Aster
    Smooth Goldenrod
    Butterfly Milkweed

  8. Posted November 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    And I hope to god that we get everything done on the Commons before the handjob robot becomes a reality.

  9. Posted November 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    One wonders if another research group in Japan is working on a handjob receiving robot.

  10. Hammer
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    The best thing about the commons is its proximity to magic.

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