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It’s an ecosystem in a can! These lovingly crafted mixtures of “wild” soil and seeds can make your garden explode with new diversity.
Let’s be clear about something: You must be prepared to thin the seedlings! We suggest you dilute the eco-mix 1:10 or more into seed-free planting mix before scattering. Then watch carefully. Gently pluck out most of any kinds of sprouts that are too common. Leave anything that is unique or interesting.
The basic blend eco-mix is compounded of “wild” soil from many locations, plus an ever-changing mixture of our favorite seeds to give your deep nature garden a great big diversity boost right at the start. Basic blend favors showy annuals and biennials but also contains seeds of many kinds of longer lived plants. We estimate something like 350 different species in the basic blend.
Our shady blend eco-mix is also based on “wild” soil samples from many locations, combined with seeds from plants in gardens we tend. It is augmented with shade-tolerant plants like columbine, violets, pansies, clematis, Kenilworth ivy, and many more. We think this blend contains about 200 species.
We are working on new eco-mix blends, including wetland eco-mix, all-native blends, and other specialty seed / soil blends. What kind of seed blend would you like for your garden?