Thursday, May 26, 2016

Planting the Grass, the reboot

After our successful experiment growing wild celery in the Library in 2015, Library staff leapt into action again to Save the Bay, participating in a second round of Grasses for the Masses.

You can help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers by participating in CBF's Grasses for the Masses program.
Participants in the program grow wild celery (Vallisneria americana), a type of underwater grass, in a simple grow-out system in their homes for 10-12 weeks. After 10-12 weeks of grow-out, participants will gather to plant their grasses in select local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay.
Library Specialist and Grass Maven Michelle Jerney-Davis tended the Library grass in a large black plastic tub in the reading room (main maintenance was algae removal and maintaining appropriate water levels and temperature.  Apparently the grass likes to be warm) and then traveled to the Potomac River to transplant our crop:

Michelle had some special assistants:

New home for the Library grass:

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