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Earth Day Challenge

The Earth Day Challenge

The Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District is offering up an Earth Day Challenge for businesses, local governments, schools, churches and individuals to plant a native flower plot.   The District sells four different kits (Pollinator, Rain Garden, Butterfly/bird and Prairie kit) with 50 two inch plug (plant).  Each kit comes with 10 varieties of natives.   The district is doing this at cost so we are not selling for a profit but for a service to the community.  The cost is 100 dollars per kits which contains 50 plants.  The plants will come in late May so this gives you time to prepare your site.   The ordering deadline is March 20th for the challenge to make sure we get our order in early. You will also get a description of height, bloom time, color and plant requirements.

Goals

50 plots around the community to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Fayette SWCD staff will visit each site to take pictures and promote the practice and offer any advice.  Let’s make this fun and create a great Facebook opportunity for your business and the practice.

Give out awards for the most creative plot and offer signs to participating business and individuals designating this as a native pollinator garden.

Why plant a native garden

For ease: Native plants properly sited and planted are hardy and adapted to normal weather extremes.
For wildlife: Native plants provide food and shelter for 10 to 15 times as many species of native wildlife as non-native plants.
For wild pollinators: Native plants support wild pollinators vital for fruit production and other foods we eat.
For water savings: Native plants normally get the moisture they need from rain, while a 1000 square foot lawn requires 10,000 gallons of water per summer to keep it green.
For beauty: In a world that is becoming increasingly homogenized, using native plants can help us blend our land and buildings into the surrounding environment, creating a landscape that is regional, unique and beautiful.

Biodiversity is important to all of us.  The more variety we plant in our landscaped area the better.  Adding natives is important to our native butterflies, birds, and bees.                                                                                                           


Designing your garden

You can plant 50 plants in a 50 square foot area.  So that means you can design a 10ft by 5ft plot or anything else that adds up to 50 when multiplied.

I have a link of pictures and descriptions of height, bloom time, color and requirements for each plant.

Use graft paper and draw a layout with 50 squares.                                           

Make it fun and let your employees design out the area.

You can add features or other annuals or perennials to your plot

For questions contact Brigitte Hisey, Natural Resource Specialist, Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District

Phone 740-313-3212  email brigitte.hisey@fayette-co-oh.com