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Penn state extension offers native plant kits

Penn state extension offers native plant kits

By Blake Jackson

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward program is offering native plant kits until June 18, aiming to encourage sustainable landscaping practices and support wildlife and pollinators.

The kits are designed to help individuals incorporate more native plants into their properties, thereby reducing stormwater runoff, water pollution, and conserving water.

Available for pick-up from various locations across Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, Erie, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Wyoming, and York counties.

The kits come in different options tailored to specific needs. There's the Sunny Soggy Bottoms Kit, Shady Soggy Bottoms Kit for wetter-soil areas, and the Wildlife Magnet Kit, containing plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators and wildlife. Both "Bountiful Kits" and "Container Kits" are available, catering to different preferences and budgets.

Each kit contains plant plugs carefully selected from locally collected seeds, grown by Kind Earth Growers, and 50% peat-free growing media. The smaller plugs make transportation and planting easier, ensuring healthy root systems for establishment this fall and flourishing growth next season.

By participating in this sale, individuals not only enhance their properties but also support the Master Watershed Steward program. Proceeds from the sale will go towards providing volunteer-driven education and restoration work in various regions across Pennsylvania.

Penn State Extension offers the opportunity to earn the Master Watershed Steward watershed-friendly certification, emphasizing the importance of native plants in sustainable landscaping. These plants play a vital role in reducing environmental impact and supporting biodiversity.

Don't miss this chance to beautify your property while contributing to a greener, more sustainable future for Pennsylvania's ecosystems.

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