Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has native seed mixes for sale at $30 at the SWCD Office and at the Crow Wing County Fair, Natural Resources Building, from July 30 to Aug. 3.
The mixes contain seeds of local ecotypes that were harvested and packed within 100 miles of Brainerd by Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc. of Otsego.
“We are excited for this opportunity to provide landowners in Crow Wing County with local seeds at an incredible price” said Beth Hippert, SWCD district technician.
Three mixes are available: bank stabilization, shoreline buffer and urban oasis. Each packet covers 500 square feet and contains 20-30 species of native plants. Each mix contains species that are suited to dry, moist or wet conditions and full or part sun. The species also grow deep roots that prevent erosion, grow showy flowers that attract birds and butterflies, and are drought tolerant and like sandy soils. Plants generally become fully established in one to three years.
Examples of the plant species include Black Eyed Susan, Wild Bergamot, Blue Flag Iris, Big Bluestem, Blue Vervain and Prairie Coreopsis.