Annual Seed Harvest

SATURDAY October 7, 2017
Noon-4
pm

     Harvest location: GO TO THE RED BARN THIS YEAR!
Little Rivers Wetland Project’s, Eagle Marsh

ADDRESS: 6300 Engle Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

We will plant the collected seed on local riverbanks to reduce erosion and protect the diversity and strength of native plant species.

Meet in the parking lot of Boy Scouts of America, or if you’re late, you can look for us around the prairie!

  • A light snack and water refill for your reusable water bottles will be provided for all volunteers
  • BRING CLIPPERS/sheers/scissors etc. for cutting!  NO RIPPING OUT ROOTS!
  • Wear long pants and durable shoes or boots (NO SANDALS) and appropriate seasonal clothing
  • REUSABLE water bottle for hydration
  • Bring all friends, family and children!

This nature preserve once again opened-up its “home” to Save Maumee Volunteers.  We identified plants that are native to our riverbanks and THANK YOU FOR PLUCKING the seeds for plantings on our riverbanks….Remember, to only pick the ones we tell you to and LEAVE THE ROOT BASE! For example, we don’t want that pretty purple flower (Purple Loose-Strife, Japanese Honeysuckle, Ribbon Grass, ect.) to invade our area!

A very informal, yet informational and helpful event! Currently Save Maumee is paying $540 for one acre’s worth of seed! Help out your rivers…pick a few pounds!

Save Maumee has an approved DNR planting list for Indiana that we are very strict at enforcing. None of us want invasive plants to take root, and take over, but our rivers need foliage!  Remember, MOST of the forested corridor in Indiana have been removed….which is just one of our water’s natural filtration device.  Up to 80% of a streams water quality is inherited at the headwaters!

We will plant collected / dried seed on Save Maumee’s Annual Earth Day in April.

What kind of plants will we be plucking? ~ Whatever that is harvestible (NOT GREEN) on this list: Don’t worry….we will show you what is what!

IMPORTANT TO KEEP SEEDS SEPARATED FOR OUR RECORD KEEPING!  WE WILL HELP YOU LABEL!

Pictures from Seed Harvest 2015  or 2009

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT WE PLANT AND WHY!

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CLICK TO SEE OUR PROGRESS FROM OUR 2015 HARVEST!

Update to Save Maumee’s 7th Annual Seed Harvest

The seeds collected costs approximately $480/acre of seed to purchase
It will definitely cost us more NOT to plant!

These areas are becoming more and more scarce!  Nature Preserves, State/County/City Parks and National Forests are there to protect and preserve land…”forever”.  People are NOT allowed to take trees, plants, seeds or anything out of these areas.  Save Maumee is extremely gracious for Eagle Marsh to open their gates and to give us the opportunity to pluck the next generation of riverbank plants from some of the only fields and streams that we hope will be preserved forever!

What did we collect for SMGO Seed Harvest 2014?

 

  • CUP PLANT (Silphium perfoliatum)
  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
  • BLACK EYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Joe-Pye-Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
  • ROSINWEED (Silphium Integrifolium)
  • Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
  • BEE BALM (Monarda fistlosa)
  • Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata)
  • SAWTOOTH SUNFLOWER (Helianthus grosseserratus)
  • Fox Glove Beardstongue (Penstemon digitalis)
  • SMARTWEED (Polygonum spp.)
  • Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardil)
  • Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
  • CANADA WILD RYE (Elymus canadensis)
  • Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Marsh Mallow was also collected from our Canoe Clean-Up in September 2014

Collecting seeds on the prairie & in the wetlands!

Collecting seeds on the prairie & in the wetlands!

Value of purchasing seeds:

Scientific
Name
Common
Name
Price per
ounce
Price per 
pound
Price per
plant
Acorus calamus Sweet Flag $18.00 $288.00 $1.75
Alisma subcordatum Water Plantain $10.00 $150.00 $1.55
Allium cernuum Nodding Pink Onion $22.00 $352.00 $1.35
Amorpha canescens Lead Plant $30.00 $480 $2.20
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem $2.00 $16.00 $1.15
Anemone cylindrica Thimbleweed $80.00 $1,280.00 N/A
Angelica atropurpurea Purple-stem Angelica $15.00 $240.00 N/A
Aquilegia canadensis Wild Columbine $65.00 $1,040.00 $1.75
Asclepias incarnata Marsh Milkweed $21.00 $310.00 $1.15
Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed $10.00 $150.00 $1.30
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed $50.00 $800.00 $1.75
Asclepias verticillata Whorled Milkweed $60.00 $960.00 $1.50
Aster ericoides White Heath Aster $100.00 $1,600.00 $1.50
Aster firmus Shining Aster $38.00 $608.00 $1.55
Aster laevis Smooth Blue Aster $25.00 $400.00 $1.25
Aster macrophyllus Big-leaved Aster $75.00 $1,200.00 N/A
Aster novae-angliae New England Aster $30.00 480.00 $1.15
Aster puniceus Swamp Aster $40.00 $640.00 $1.55
Aster umbellatus Flat-Top White Aster $36.00 $540.00 $1.55
Baptisia leucantha White Wild Indigo $30 $450.00 $1.65
Bidens cernua Nodding Bur Marigold $13.00 $190.00 N/A
Bidens frondosa Devil’s Beggar’s Ticks $31.00 $496.00 N/A
Bouteloua curtipendula Side Oats Grama $2.00 $24.00 $1.25
Brickellia eupatorioides False Boneset $23.00 $368.00 N/A
Bromus pubescens Woodland Brome $22.00 $352.00 $1.55
Calamagrostis canadensis Blue Joint Grass $50.00 $800.00 $1.15
Carex annectans Yellow Fruit Sedge N/A N/A $1.45
Carex bicknellii Bicknell’s Sedge $25.00 385.00 $1.55
Carex comosa Bearded Sedge $15.00 225.00 $1.15
Carex crinita Fringed Sedge $25.00 $400.00 $1.55
Carex cristatella Crested Sedge $35.00 $560.00 $1.15
Carex crus-corvi Raven-foot Sedge $50.00 $800.00 N/A
Carex emoryi Riverbank Sedge N/A N/A $1.55
Carex frankii Frank’s Sedge $13.00 $195.00 $1.15

 

FULL LIST OF PLANTS/VALUE via Heartland Restoration/Earth Source