Guerilla Gardening Suggestions
I'm making seed balls! I've got a bag of red clay powder, a small mountain of worm castings and a good microbe/mycorrhizal fungus inoculant. I need is seed suggestions. I'm for plants that: Like full sun. Are drought tolerant, but can deal with periodic downpours. Do well in sandy or rocky soil. Look prettier than a dirty vacant lot. Can tolerate Zone 9 temperatures. Plusses would be: Plants that fix atmospheric nitrogen. Come back quickly after being mowed down. Are native to the Texas gulf coast region. I also need to find something along those lines that works in shade. There are some hideous looking medians near my house that are fully shaded by oak trees. The soil has eroded away to nearly nothing there. I may just have to run a few wheelbarrows of compost across a busy street to help these spots out! I've already ordered a few things from Seed Savers that I think will work. An ornamental amaranth (I've had joseph's coat volunteers come up in packed clay!), broom corn, prairie blazingstar (gayfeather) and some kind of purple clover. I also have a small sack of pink fairy duster seeds and blood sage seeds collected from wild plants. For those unfamiliar with seed balls, here's the recipe: Mix 1 part seeds, 5 parts powdered red clay, and 3 parts soil or compost, add 2 parts water and knead together, then form it into marble sized balls. Dry those out and then scatter them in the "bomb site." They'll rehydrate once enough rain soaks into them, and the seeds have a bit of a boost from the substrate in the ball. These can be scattered wherever needed.