Friday, February 22, 2008

Letter: Free Seeds May Be Available

Steve:

Regarding your interest in planting wildflower seeds on the Paradigm property:

The Arlington County Government or the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office can probably provide you with free wildflower seeds for the Paradigm property. One of these organizations distributes free packets of seeds at county fairs and other county events.

I am not sure who you should contact about this. I suggest that you start with Jamie Bartalon, a county government urban forester. Martin Ogle, a naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, may also know the source for the free seeds.

If you can find the source of the free seeds, ask the source to recommend wildflower species that attract butterflies and/or that provide food for other insects. Some wildflower species are better than others for such purposes.

If someone owns or can borrow gardening tools, there should be little or no cost for the seeding project.

I don't have the time available to plant the seeds. Perhaps somebody else does.

Bernie Berne

I'll look into it. Thanks. The writer, for those of you who don't know, is referring to my "HeraldTrib Today" post from Wednesday, Feb. 20. –ST

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