Mar 15Liked by Zoe Evans

Thanks for the recent mentions! And thanks for letting us see your "process".

I wanted to let you know that our website, IzelPlants.com is currently only showing inventory that is ready to ship by our first default ship week of April 10th (orders can of course be held and shipped later). Starting on Thursday March 29th, we will be adding newly ready-to-ship crops, weekly, generally on Thursday mornings. So it’s possible that if you are seeing a species as out of stock, it may still become available this spring (or fall depending on the species) as the new crops become mature enough to ship.

You are welcome to email us a “wishlist” of species (to: hello@izelplants.com) and we can provide you the projected ready dates and take an advance order. A second option is to sign-up for the back in-stock alert at the bottom of each product page.

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From subscriber email: Other retail sources with online possibilities for any future Zoe needs: thepollennation.com and pinelandsdirect.com Pinelands is almost all seed grown natives so better biodiversity. They also may have woody seed grown plants, whereas often even native woodies are vegetatively propagated so not very biodiverse.

For information on ticks/strategies to avoid, she might take a look at Kirby Stafford’s work at CT Ag Experiment station, here. Using a gravel mulch of sufficient diameter to be constantly dry in a sunny area might be a good barrier. I have found that dry laid stone walls are rodent (chipmunk especially) habitats and on properties where I have worked, that’s been a source of ticks that I try to stay aware of.

One way for Zoe to have a sense of where in her yard there tend to be ticks — or not — is to do a tick drag using white fabric (wear a Tyvek suit for this so no nymphs find you in the process!). One of my clients had a daughter with lyme disease that required antibiotics for awhile (took them awhile to realize she had Lyme) was particularly focused on landscaping to avoid ticks. We did a tick drag around the property to figure out the habitats where the ticks were heavier or lighter. We had taken a lot of leaves off the property that had accumulated over years and piled them in one place, then shredded them. That staging area had the most ticks, probably because we gathered together many too-deep leaf areas into one pile. Each yard, its conditions, presence of rodents who are often carriers, varies.

Here is an Army description of how to check an area using a tick drag (https://www.acq.osd.mil/eie/afpmb/docs/techguides/tg26.pdf). I think a combination of an observational analysis of the site for rodent presence, activity and habitat a tick drag where the drag fabric is checked near each area to try to get a sense of hot spots, and addressing any habitats near hot spots could be helpful and also add facts/awareness in an empowering way.

This warmer winter we’ve had in the Northeast favors nymphal development of ticks so don’t skip the Tyvek suit.

Another great source for plugs is PrairieNursery.com. Although they are in the Midwest, the way they create their plugs is to put seeds from a variety of ecotypes in each plug so that there is a greater change the plant will live and reproduce in the area where the plug goes. A little more expensive, but now you see why. If Midwest makes you nervous, check with them to see what they have to say about using them in Dutchess County. They are very ecologically focused. Neil Diboll had a native plant nursery long before it was cool to sell native plants.

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This process was so incredibly helpful, and I'm soooo excited for my garden!

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