Seeding For Biodiversity and Endangered Species in Texas

As a brief review of the articles we’ve published lately, we’ve discussed the power of Basalt dust and Azomite as broad mineralizing solutions. The value of starting as high on your property as possible and slowing the water down so that it can sink into and be stored in your landscape. We have discussed the essential Design frameworks of Holistic Management, Permaculture and the Regrarians platform. We’ve covered the benefits of anaerobic composting with Bokashi bacteria that allows you to compost meat and dairy rapidly in the convenience of your pantry in an odor free 5 gallon bucket, and the many benefits of EM1 bacteria to assist with land regeneration. We hope that you have been taking notes and attempting a few small experiments of your own along the way. Mineralized bokashi compost smells like the forest after a rain so get in there and take ownership of your own nutrient cycle.

If you have managed your water, laid down your minerals and covered them in your finished compost and EM1 bacteria then you are now ready to seed in preparation for rains. The Native American seed company is an absolute gem of a Texan resource driven by passionate staff with an eye toward a healthy future for all wildlife. The author, Adam Russell’s favorite mix is the Horned Toad Restoration mix. “Horned Lizard Habitat Mix takes the doctrine of native plants to heart and applies it to something new. Horned Lizard Habitat Mix is groundbreaking because, to our knowledge, it is the first commercially available native plant seed mix for a reptile. All species of land animals depend ultimately on the native plants that support their food web. That’s because (1) All energy comes from the sun (2) Plants capture that energy and convert it to food for themselves (3) Plants develop defenses over geologic time to protect themselves from others taking that food energy (4) Insects and other animals have to eat anyway so they develop counter-adaptations over geologic time to get around plants’ defenses and borrow that food energy from the plants, and (5) the plants that have been around long enough for insects to adapt specializations for getting past the plants’ defenses (for food) happen to be the native plants.

 While Native American Seed has helped pioneer the way for creating native plant seed mixes for wildlife species that can fairly easily cross roadways on the wing to get to a native plant they need—species like birds, bees, and butterflies—we have recognized the need to “bring nature home” to the other beloved creatures that need a little more help. This seed mix has 79 varieties of different native grasses and wildflowers and is the most diverse offering of the Native American seed company. Bring biodiversity into your landscape, give this seed mix as gifts to friends, and let’s draw these incredible reptiles and so many others back into our neighborhoods.

Author: Adam Russell

Seeds Sprouting in Texas Hill Country