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Great ideas...
Can't have a bubbling pond though...not in our area...at least not just yet.

I do have the dry creek located in the Stumpery area. I've been talking with Nate @MOBOT who creates stumperies...he has been extremely helpful in choosing what will and won't work in our area. BoWood Farms also along with the conservation have given wonderful input.

Id like to participate in Wells Fargo community garden program.

I reached out to them too late last year for assistance.
You'll be first in line this year:D
 
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Great ideas...
Can't have a bubbling pond though...not in our area...at least not just yet.

I do have the dry creek located in the Stumpery area. I've been talking with Nate @MOBOT who creates stumperies...he has been extremely helpful in choosing what will and won't work in our area. BoWood Farms also along with the conservation have given wonderful input.

Id like to participate in Wells Fargo community garden program.

I reached out to them too late last year for assistance.
Try your local monopolies, power and gas and so forth. Given a hint of political approval you will have power company chefs cooking crawdads for you in the summer. And of course other support. The botany at the power company would strike most people silly, but they have to interact with so much real nature its actually a thing.
 

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No, hugelkulture buries the wood. A stumpery is a different thing, the wood decays aboveground to provide habitat. https://www.gardening-forums.com/threads/stumperies.10944/
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The easiest things to grow in any area are the plants that are native to that area. (y) They are the ones most suited to live there, they want to live there! (They also help the environment more, the native pollinators evolved for them.) I saw that you do want certain plants, but if you have any wiggle room, I took the liberty of doing a bit of research for your area.

Here is a link to Missouri native perennials, suited for dry soil, that will grow to a maximum height of 6 feet. I did not specify any shade plants (2 hours or less of sunlight,) because you said the lot gets plenty of light. If you look down the right side of the page, you can reset the search for plants that bloom in different months or colors. (Might be cool to have a patch of blues, pinks, and purples, then another patch of reds, yellows, and oranges!)




As far as getting the community involved, I suggest reaching out to them through the children. (There are quite a few reasons I think that would work.) It might take a little longer to get the ball rolling, but why go to this much effort if you don't expect it to be there in five years?

I think kids are in the second or third grade when they learn the science about growing plants. I've read a thread in this forum from a mother asking what plant her child grew, because it did not look like what they said it would be - and she wanted to help it thrive - because her child grew it. (And that right there is your key! ;))

Might be worth a visit to your local elementary school! :D

If the kids (and by extension, their parents,) are partly responsible for "making that happen," they will take pride in their accomplishments. The kids will want to go see "their" plants. Schools are horribly underfunded, and someone willing to supply seeds and supplies for an educational project would not be refused. You could probably get donations from local businesses, especially if you think you could generate enough interest for a little write-up in the "Local" or "Metro" section of the newspaper! (If you have a Walmart close, I know they like to donate to projects like this. I've seen signs in their stores saying they donated to neighborhood projects.) I would also try writing letters to seed companies asking if they would donate some seeds. If every parent, teacher, and child knows that "XYZ company" donated seeds, then they will see that as a lot of cheap advertising and a tax write-off for a charitable donation.

I remember we also had a member that was in high school. I think he said he was in an Environmental Sciences class. :unsure: It might be worth a visit to the local high school, it's possible that you could collaborate with one of the teachers there.



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No, hugelkulture buries the wood. A stumpery is a different thing, the wood decays aboveground to provide habitat. https://www.gardening-forums.com/threads/stumperies.10944/
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The easiest things to grow in any area are the plants that are native to that area. (y) They are the ones most suited to live there, they want to live there! (They also help the environment more, the native pollinators evolved for them.) I saw that you do want certain plants, but if you have any wiggle room, I took the liberty of doing a bit of research for your area.

Here is a link to Missouri native perennials, suited for dry soil, that will grow to a maximum height of 6 feet. I did not specify any shade plants (2 hours or less of sunlight,) because you said the lot gets plenty of light. If you look down the right side of the page, you can reset the search for plants that bloom in different months or colors. (Might be cool to have a patch of blues, pinks, and purples, then another patch of reds, yellows, and oranges!)




As far as getting the community involved, I suggest reaching out to them through the children. (There are quite a few reasons I think that would work.) It might take a little longer to get the ball rolling, but why go to this much effort if you don't expect it to be there in five years?

I think kids are in the second or third grade when they learn the science about growing plants. I've read a thread in this forum from a mother asking what plant her child grew, because it did not look like what they said it would be - and she wanted to help it thrive - because her child grew it. (And that right there is your key! ;))

Might be worth a visit to your local elementary school! :D

If the kids (and by extension, their parents,) are partly responsible for "making that happen," they will take pride in their accomplishments. The kids will want to go see "their" plants. Schools are horribly underfunded, and someone willing to supply seeds and supplies for an educational project would not be refused. You could probably get donations from local businesses, especially if you think you could generate enough interest for a little write-up in the "Local" or "Metro" section of the newspaper! (If you have a Walmart close, I know they like to donate to projects like this. I've seen signs in their stores saying they donated to neighborhood projects.) I would also try writing letters to seed companies asking if they would donate some seeds. If every parent, teacher, and child knows that "XYZ company" donated seeds, then they will see that as a lot of cheap advertising and a tax write-off for a charitable donation.

I remember we also had a member that was in high school. I think he said he was in an Environmental Sciences class. :unsure: It might be worth a visit to the local high school, it's possible that you could collaborate with one of the teachers there.
Still a form of hilling dear! Usually sprinkled with soil and moistened for mycology. I have one growing myself.

Your post made me look up this link HERE, given the described cultures revolving around the site. I would like to find the equivalent zones. There would be 5a plants that might have a more interesting backstory from the African continent that could be added as naturals and should do quite well, if the zones exist of course. If not, perhaps a habitat could be considered.
 
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Oh! An eyesore... Brer Rabbit's briar patch without the thorns? A clean place for city rats? Am I missing something here"
 

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They do provide a lovely habitat for wildlife.

I remember going to Fountain Abbey and out of these pile of rubbish came a group of stoats (see video). Made my day - an unforgettable experience!
 
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We don't have many cute animals in Detroit, unless you're fond of Norway Brown Rats. I suspect they have relatives in St. Louie... I would be interested in hearing exactly what animals would be attracted to this Stumpery?
 

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