Guest Post and Photos By: Heidi Rose Watters
A few wiggly tadpoles around the abundant egg masses delighted at our work party with the King Conservation District. The flooded beds at their Wetland Plant Nursery Cooperative are always popular for investigation in between bursts of potting, mixing soil, watering and snacking.
Bags and bags of adorable bare root conifer seedlings needed potting up as the end of the season is rapidly approaching. KCD utilizes a mix of 50% mineral soil & 50% recycled organic matter so there was plenty of work to be done shoveling, mixing and delivering soil to the covered potting area.
Even though it was drizzly off and on, newly potted plants always need to be watered to help settle the soil down around the roots and reduce transplant stress. These plants will grow in the nursery for a bit before they are ready for restoration projects. Volunteers can earn their own native plants by helping at the nursery!
Heidi Watters coordinates the Homeschool Stewardship Squad, a local group of homeschool families that volunteer twice-monthly with environmental organizations across the region. Every year, the Stewardship Squad spends a fun day volunteering at KCD’s Native Plant Nursery where they help with potting up bareroot plants that will be used on future KCD restoration projects. Heidi is an amazing photographer and blogger that captures the excitement of the Stewardship Squad events. Check out Heidi’s blog to learn more about the Stewardship Squad and upcoming events