Spring has sprung, and as the nursery manager, it’s my favorite time of the year! As the seasons change, so does our restoration work. Each year as it starts to warm in March and April, I sow the seeds for all the plants we grow out for our tidal wetland restoration sites across the Bay. These seeds sprout in the greenhouse over the next few months, and from June through August our team works on transplanting the tiny seedlings into larger pots so they establish healthy roots. We usually transplant over 20,000 seedlings each year!
In the winter, we plant all of those species at our restoration sites, taking advantage of the rain to increase their chances of survival and establishment. Meanwhile, through the summer and fall months, we also work on collecting and processing seeds for the species that we will be sowing and growing out for the following year. And the cycle continues!