Seeds will be available at our upcoming seed exchange. Participants will be able to take as many seeds as they wish and will be served on a first come, first served basis.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when details will be available.
The seed catalogue includes all seeds that have been available in the past. We recommend that you review it prior to attending the seed exchange event.
If you intend to keep your seeds in storage for more than a few months, we recommend that you take them out of their packages, and let them air dry for three months.
The method to germinate your seeds vary depending of the time of the year. This video from Pollinator Partnership provides an overview of all the options.
Two options are available, and the second can be done even after the ground has frozen. No watering or maintenance is necessary until the seedlings sprout.
Direct sowing in the ground. This is the easiest method for larger areas. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds with soil approximately the diameter of the seed. However, it can be challenging to know what to weed the following year, especially for beginners.
Outdoor sowing in regular pots, with screens on top. This method enables you to grow seedlings and plant them in the springtime. While the screens are not necessary, they will prevent seeds from being blown away or eaten by birds. It is best to put the pots in an eastern or northern facing area to make sure seeds do not get too much heat and sun. An overview of this method is provided by the Wild Seed Project.
This process uses outdoor plastic containers to create a mini greenhouse. Grow it and build it has put together a step by step sowing guide.
Most seeds require some form of cold moist stratification, which is a process of making seeds go through temperature fluctuations in a damp environment to simulate springtime. This process is necessary for successful germination for some seeds that have protective shells that can only be broken through a succession of cold and warm weather. Given that not all seeds require stratification, it is recommended to consult the Prairie Moon Nursery website (planting tab) to confirm whether it is needed. Plants that require stratification cannot be simply sown directly outdoors either in the soil or in pots in the spring.
At this time of the year, indoor stratification (in the fridge) is recommended for these plants. Instructions on the process can be found on the North American Native Plant Society website. You can also watch videos from the Waterloo Wildflower Seed Library and Wildflower Farm. Please note that you cannot simply put the seed envelope in the fridge; you need a plastic bag and some other form of material (soil, paper towel or paper coffee filter) to ensure sufficient moisture level
During the summer, sow seeds directly in the soil at the end of after the blooming time. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds with soil approximately the diameter of the seed. Blooming timeframe is available on the Prairie Moon website. Seeds will typically germinate the following spring.