Free Native Seeds – Saturday, Oct. 23rd.

Whitecliff Park Fall Festival – 11 a.m.

1000 seeds – needs at least 25 square feet – weed free.
Plant after Nov. 15th – barely cover with soil or potting mix.
This mix has both annuals and perennials.

Below is what my natives looked like on July 23rd.

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Father Dickson Cemetery Clean-Up

Volunteers Needed.

Father Dickson Cemetery Clean-Up,

845 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63126

Sat. Oct. 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Bring rakes, pruners for trimming ivy, loppers for branches/honeysuckle, and lawnmowers.  

Will be done about noon.  

This is being sponsored by Kiwanis One Day of Service for 2021.

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Rain Gardens and Other Options

City Regulations – Stormwater Management Techniques

Crestwood Water Mitigation Examples

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Echinacea Problems

Aster Yellows Disease

The most common problem I have with Echinacea is the Aster Yellows Disease which shows up occasionally in my garden. The above picture shows what it looks like as compared to a normal Echinacea.

The only solution to this is to dig out the entire plant and throw it away.

The second problem I have are Rosette Mites. They only affect the seed heads.

The main solution is to clip off the flower heads and get them out of your garden.

I found a great article on these two problems at this link.

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Crestwood Native Plant Sale

Thursday – September 30 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Roeslein & Associates, Inc. is hosting a native plant sale.

Sale will be in the parking lot.
9200 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63126

Some vendors accept cash, check, or credit cards; some only cash or checks. Vendors will donate 5% of proceeds to the Missouri Prairie Foundation to support their prairie conservation work, with Roeslein & Associates match this total amount in a donation to the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

The following Grow Native! professional members will have plants available:
Papillion Perennials
Gaylena’s Garden
Forrest Keeling
MO Wildflower NurseryYou may browse and shop from the vendors during the sale. You may also pre-order plants from the vendors to have your order ready for you when you arrive at the sale, if you wish.

Pre-order information:

Papillion Perennials — Find available plants at To place your order, call (636) 273-9688 or email by September 29 at 5 p.m.

Gaylena’s Garden — Find available plants at To place your order, send an email to by September 29 at noon.

Forrest Keeling — Find available trees, shrubs, and plants at To place your order, send an email to by September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

MO Wildflower Nursery —  Find available trees, shrubs, and plants at Order by calling 573-496-3492, by email at, or online here by Monday, September 27:

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August Soil Preparation

If you’re contemplating putting in a native seed flower bed in late fall, August is a good time to get the soil ready.

Your main job is to get rid of all the grass and weeds and have a clean area without any vegetation.
Don’t till as that will bring up weed seeds.

I’d loosen up the top 1/2″ of soil and keep the area moist to encourage any weed seeds to germinate now before the growing season.

In St. Louis, Scott Woodbury our resident expert, suggests advice from Merv Wallace…
“Merv recommends one ounce of seed mix per 400-500 square feet and 3 grams per 20 square feet.
With your 4 grams, you are looking at around 25 sq ft.”
Note – 4 grams is the size of the seed packet we are giving away in Crestwood at the
Halloween Family Fun Fest – Whitecliff Park
Saturday, October 23, 2021
11 am to 2 pm

Sow the seeds on the surface in December.

I’d suggest mixing the seed with either play sand or potting mix. It makes for better disbursement when you throw the seeds out.
Don’t mix into the soil or cover with straw.
Just let the seeds sit on the surface.
Winter frost heave will move the seeds into the upper layer of the soil to the perfect depth.
Seeds will sprout in early April.

Native plants don’t need fertilizer, but might need watering during the first year.

Note – I like to cover my seeds with a light dusting of potting mix to hide them from the birds.

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Color in the August Garden

August 4, 2021

Thought I’d share this view of a Tiger Swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed.

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Vacation Sprinkler Setup

Orbit Water Timer

If you need to water potted plants during a vacation, here’s a basic setup which worked for me.

You first need a timer to let it know when you want the water turned on and for how long.
I used the Orbit Timer – it’s the basic unit. It uses 2 AA batteries and worked well for my last vacation.
I’d suggest testing it ahead of time so that you get the amount of water you need for your plants.

You can see most of the pots I wanted to water, plus there are a few which are hidden that it reached also. I just moved all my pots to within range and everything was alive when I came back. You can use whatever sprinkler you have on hand.

Note – I let Mother Nature take care of my lawn and other plants, although I do water ahead of my vacation if needed.

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Memorial Garden Dedication

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St. Louis Area Resources

If you are new to the St.Louis area,
here are a number of resources to get you started.

Grow Native

Journey North – Monarchs

Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Native Plant Society

Missouri Prairie

Missouri Wildflowers – good native plant resource

Monarch Watch – information on Monarch butterflies

North American Butterfly Association – St. Louis Chapter

Shaw Nature Reserve


WildOnes – native plant group

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