I have to confess, with the cold and snow we’ve had this winter about the last thing I have been thinking about is spring planting projects, but spring really is just around the corner even if it doesn’t seem like it.
However your local soil and water conservation districts haven’t forgotten and their annual tree sales are winding down, but there is still time to get your orders in for springtime planting while also helping out your local conservation district.
Meigs County’s tree ordering deadline is Feb. 28 and this year’s hardwood offerings include black walnut, white oak, northern red oak, sugar maple and black cherry in packets of 25 seedlings for $17. Also available are Austrian pine, Colorado blue spruce and Bald Cypress in packets of 25 for $17, and evergreens Scotch pine, eastern white pine, Norway spruce, Canadian hemlock and Virginia pine in packets of 25 seedlings for $15.
For those landowners who want to help play a role in restoring the American Chestnut tree, seedlings are again available in packets of five for $15. These seedlings are secured from the West Virginia State Tree Nursery and are considered pure American Chestnut. These trees have shown some resistance to chestnut blight but it is too soon to claim resistance.
The wildlife tree packet consists of 10 trees with two each black walnut, chinkapin oak, flowering dogwood, Washington hawthorn and silky dogwood for $15. Other offerings include Red Delicious Apples and Hale Haven Peach in packets of two seedlings each for $17; shiitake mushroom kits (consisting of 200 plugs) for $25; English ivy and pachysandra trays of 100 plants for $25. Other items are also available including seed mixes, bluebird and bat boxes.
Trees should be available for pickup around the second week in April, depending on when nurseries can get them out of the ground. Tree and shrub seedlings should be between six and 18 inches tall depending on the species.
For an order form or for more information, contact the Meigs SWCD at 740-992-4282 or stop in during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 113 E. Memorial Drive, Suite D, Pomeroy. Order forms are also available at www.meigsswcd.com.
The Gallia SWCD is offering coniferous trees include eastern white pine or Colorado blue spruce, 10 large seedlings for $20, or Norway spruce, 10 small seedlings for $12.
The Wild Game Nature Packet consists of five each Washington hawthorne and white oak, and the Wild Bird Nature Packet consists of five each Sargent Crabapple and red mulberry. Those packets are $20 each. Mulberry trees do a great job in attracting such beautiful bird species as cedar waxwings.
Fruit tree offerings include Red Delicious Apple, Yellow Delicious Apple, and Hale Haven Peach, sold in packets of two for $20. Other packets include Kousa dogwood or pin oak, five trees for $15, or American hazelnut, two seedlings for $10.
The deadline for ordering trees from the Gallia SWCD is March 14 with trees being available around the first week of April. For more information or for order forms contact the Gallia SWCD at 740-446-6173.
Both districts will notify their customers when orders come in.
Jim Freeman is the wildlife specialist for the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District and a long-time contributor to the Sunday Times-Sentinel. His column generally appears every other Sunday. He can be contacted weekdays at 740-992-4282 or at firstname.lastname@example.org