Today was a milestone — we seeded the first garden. The big garden at Elm and Atlantic, you may recall, was planted with plugs (baby plants) while today was our first garden planted just with seeds. The seed mix includes wildflowers, native grasses, and a winter rye grass that will provide cover and protection for the other seeds over the winter.
This first seeded garden is located directly opposite the north end of Mollenkopf Stadium. It is a double lot and will be dedicated to Don Campbell and Bill Schumacher this coming Monday evening by several of their Panther teammates of yesteryear.
We also began installing 4 x 4 posts in the gardens which will soon support the dedication placards. Wild Buncher Lyle lent his truck, post hole digger, spud bar and strong back to the project and he and I sent yesterday digging holes and planting posts. That’s probably the first honest day’s work I’ve done in 35 years.
The pace of seeding will be picking up briskly next week. Watch for the Davey trucks and the specialized drill seeder they use that is custom-designed for planting native seeds. I’ve attached a few photos from today’s efforts.