In healing the planet and restoring biodiversity, the egg comes first.
(As in, “Which comes first, the chicken or …”)
Seeds for "Mesic Woods Turf" - before they're mixed.
I mean, we walk, arms full of seed-mix bags, on an irregular and partly blighted landscape, perhaps recently cleared of deadly brush, bearing handfuls containing tens of thousands of seeds, from big to tiny. There’s the tactile feeling of those valuable and beautiful plant embryos. Then dirt, fresh air, and the vision of recovered richness … all this thrills us.
I thought to call this “Just In Time For Rosh Hashanah.” Certainly it was those words and the interaction below that inspired this brief post.
Eriko and I were broadcasting some of the 2021 spring seed mixes in Somme Woods. It’s hard work, a lot of moving parts. We’re switching back and forth among 14 (of this spring's 20) different seed mixes, according to our best assessment of interactions among the slope, wetness, state of the current vegetation (if any), amount of tree canopy, and likely such state next spring. We’re GPSing. Also, as we weigh priorities, we’re trying to decide or imagine what impacts this coming fall burn and this winter’s brush and pole tree removal will have. The seeds we’re broadcasting represent hundreds (thousands?) of hours of dedicated, unpaid work by perhaps 100 people. When we finish our GPS tracker will record that we’d broadcast those seeds over only 1.8 miles. But much of that was through brush, or dense beautiful rare vegetation that we didn’t want to trample unnecessarily, or through briars. I’d been walking first and turned around to ask a question or suggest an option. Eriko’s face had the most beautiful smile. I commented. And she said, “I’m so happy to get the seeds out … and just in time for Rosh Hashanah!”
We stewards are so happy. That’s really the end of this post-let. But there are more tidbits of info in captions on the photos below:
This is how our passion goes: When we see hepatica in bloom, we love its beauty, but we're equally inspired by those seeds we see forming after the petals drop. They'll go in our spring seed mixes.
Yes, very happy.
Thanks to Eriko Kojima, Christos Economou, and Kathy Garness for proofing and edits.