Finally! Planting the wetland

We've been waiting on this day for what feels like an eternity.   It is really unnerving to have thousands of dollars of seeds in your freezer for months on end.   When we pulled them out, they were dry, with no sign of damage, so I was happy.  As an extra bonus a friend gave us a bunch of starts to put in from seeds collected from a nearby prairie - Thanks, Julia!   

We loaded the truck with all the seeds, and spread over the entire 16 acre wetland.   Some of the seeds (Silphium perfoliatum and Asclepias incarnata) were too big for the spreader, so we put them in by hand - walking and letting the wind take them.   

Seeds and plugs - ready to go in!

Seeds and plugs - ready to go in!

The mix of the wetland seeds - hardly any grasses - mostly sedges, so it looked much different from the dry site mix. 

The mix of the wetland seeds - hardly any grasses - mostly sedges, so it looked much different from the dry site mix. 

There were two acres of dry mix left to do - they were accidentally planted in corn last year. I like that we have planted in patches - we may have different things thrive.  We used the spreader on the surface again, and then came back over it with the cultipacker to flatten it, and push the seeds in.  

There were two acres of dry mix left to do - they were accidentally planted in corn last year. I like that we have planted in patches - we may have different things thrive.  We used the spreader on the surface again, and then came back over it with the cultipacker to flatten it, and push the seeds in.  

Pork chop the doggo got too hot, and snuck away to go swim in Orchard creek - he thinks he is being sneaky here.  

Pork chop the doggo got too hot, and snuck away to go swim in Orchard creek - he thinks he is being sneaky here.