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Native Seed Cleaning Demonstration at Ion Exchange, Inc. “Native Seed & Plant Nursery”

Seed Cleaning is in full swing at Ion Exchange, Inc., “Native Seed & Plant Nursery

Fanning Mills are a Critical Element In Cleaning Native Seeds

There are many steps in the process of cleaning native seeds. Each step needs to be understood if you are interested in cleaning your own seed or if you are just curious.

The fanning mill is an old invention but most farmers owned fanning mills to clean their clover seed and oats. However, they are also very effective in eliminating chaff and unwanted weed seeds from native seeds. Usually there are two screens in the mill on a shaker. In older days they were hand cranked to operate but now we have electricity. In the beginning, only one screen was used at a time and held with both hands while shaking back and forth. If the holes were the correct size, the seed would fall through and leave the chaff on top of the screen. We started cleaning our seed this way until we were able to purchase an old 2B Clipper Fanning Mill.

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Hand Operated Fanning Mill

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Hand Screens

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Take a look at a short video of one of our fanning mills.  

For All Your Native Wildflowers & Seeds Visit Our Website at Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.

 

 

Baling Prairie Spiderwort at Ion Exchange Video

Happy Holidays from all of us at Ion Exchange.com!

Happy Holidays for All at the Ion Exchange

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Native Wildflower Seed and Plant Nursery

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A Few Garden Tips

Tip: Clear Away Tall Grasses and Weeds from around Trees Fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs can be attacked by four-legged critters. Removing bunches of tall grasses and weeds will eliminate the hiding places and habitat for rodents that will nibble on bark through the winter. Rabbits, gophers, meadow mice and voles can gnaw on bark tissue which will result in severe damage to the plants.
Tip: Remove Pine Sap Remove pine sap from tools using a light oil, such as WD40. Using rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or vegetable oil to remove it from your skin.

This Memorial Day Honor Those Who Have Served You!

Memorial Day | Memorial Day Garden

Honor our Loved Ones With A Memorial Day Garden

Create an Everlasting Memorial Garden for those loved, lost and always remembered….

Here are just a few choices to start you off:

Dry Site Mix

The Dry Site/Short Prairie Seed Mix 

The Dry Site | Short Prairie Seed Mix is

a mixture of specially selected wildflowers

and grasses that are adapted to dry soils

with full sunlight exposure. This seed mix

is great for soils that are sandy, rocky, clay

or just too poor to grow most plants. This mix is filled with species that will thrive under the worst conditions.

Showy Native Wildflower Mix

Showy Wildflower Mix

Showy Wildflower Mix 

These species have been selected to give you showy blooms throughout the growing season from spring through fall. This mix has 30%
more wildflower seed in it than our standard mixes. A great value for those who want more wildflowers in their mix.
This mix is adapted to well drained soils with medium to medium dry conditions.

Waters Edge Package

Water’s Edge Beautification Package 

Great for Water Gardens, Ponds, Lakes, Creek beds, Streams, wetlands and any other water edge. Can be planted anytime throughout the summer. The plants will develop quickly. The native wildflowers included in the mix attract birds, hummingbirds and butterflies while providing vibrant colors of purple, red and
yellow throughout the growing seasons.

Celebrate the Rain with a Beautiful Native Wildflower Garden

Now is the time to start that wildflower garden. Native Wildflower plant plugs or seed. Beautiful Urban Garden Kits.

Buy your wildflower plants and seeds now

Create your wildflower garden now.

Meadow Blazingstar

Add this native perennial plant to  attract butterflies into your garden with the beautiful native plant “Meadow Blazingstar“.  For more information click here

Perennial Native Plant Meadow Blazingstar

Meadow Blazingstar

Order Your Native Bare Root Plants Now

Ion Exchange bare root plants Get your order for your native wildflower or native grass bare root plants now while there are many to choose from.  It is easy to order right from Ion Exchange Inc. or call 800-291-2143.

Beautify Your Landscape

Live Plant Plugs

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Using Native Planting to Encourage Wildlife

By Geoff Wakeling Platinum Quality Author

If you are planning on creating a wildlife garden, one of the best planting options is to include native species. At the very least you should attempt to include a range of ornamental strains developed from native specimens. Plants which are naturally growing in a region will often thrive in gardens as they are already adapted to the environment in which they are growing. This therefore means that they require less work to maintain, in addition to providing insects, birds, mammals and other creatures with a natural transition from wild habitat to carefully managed garden.

There a number of ways for including native planting in your garden depending on the space that you aspire to have. If you don’t mind having a slightly wild area, let nature take its course and as plants self seed themselves allow them to grow. This could be a small area of meadow which is allowed to thrive, a patch of nettles in a corner, or the sporadic growing of plants throughout a border. Plants such as borridge and forget-me-nots can look very pretty before going over, and can fit into a border quite well. Weeds are all in a gardeners perception, and are simply plants which have grown, in your mind, in the wrong place. Allowing the odd ‘weed’ to grow can be beneficial for wildlife, especially insects that will naturally be drawn to native plants that they visit every day. Leaving a wild patch of native planting is ideally the best way to encourage wildlife into your garden, and if you have room it is the best option.

If you prefer to garden through a more maintained method and do not want to incorporate a wild patch of naturally growing vegetation in your garden, the best option is to try and include ornamental varieties of wild plants. In some cases this can actually be more beneficial to wildlife, with some propagated specimens having larger flowers and more nectar for creatures to feast upon. All plants have fundamentally been bred from naturally occurring specimens, so finding species native to your area should not be hard. Foxgloves, ornamental nettles, roses, and thornless blackberries are all examples of plants which have been developed into ornamental plants and are commonly used in gardens around the world even though some may look far removed from their native counterparts. However, their use in wildlife gardens will provide the ideal transition as creatures move from a natural habitat to a managed one. Meanwhile, by utilising plants which are native to your area, you can help ensure that gardens will thrive in their environment, taking less time to maintain, and providing wildlife with a welcome home from home.

If you want to learn more about becoming a green fingered horticulturist and enjoying your own garden and allotment head over to http://www.theguidetogaygardening.com for more information.

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