Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Our first plugs are in the ground!

After months of work collecting seed from numerous field sites, cleaning seed, testing seed, sowing seed and cultivating plants in the greenhouse, we were able to plant our first set of native grass plugs.  During the month of November, Indiangrass (Sorghastrum elliottii) and Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) were the first two species planted in our common gardens.

Indiangrass just getting started in our greenhouse.

Little bluestem growing in the greenhouse at Pee Dee REC.

Common garden at Sandhill REC in Columbia, SC.

Common garden at Pee Dee REC near Florence, SC.

Common garden at Coastal REC in Charleston, SC.

Torch assembly used for burning our planting holes.

Tucking our plugs into their new home.

Lining up irrigation with planting sites.

Sunset over our common garden at Sandill REC.