I'm making the rounds through the regional forums to let folks know about our new garden finder feature here: http://davesgarden.com/go/
Please add your feedback for the businesses you've patronized and the public gardens and parks you have visited. It helps other gardeners and the business or organization.
For smaller businesses and organizations, this type of "word of mouth" is their only form of advertising. And for businesses of any size, unsolicited testimonials are priceless - they can't buy that type of good will.
Here are the Michigan listings so far: http://davesgarden.com/go/advanced.php?state=mi
You can narrow this down to a particular category (garden center/nursery, or public gardens, etc.) You can also plug in your ZIP and specify a radius (especially helpful if you live near the state line and want to see everything in your immediate area.)
If your favorite nursery or park/garden isn't listed yet, let us know and we'll add it, or start the entry and add what you know (we'll fill in the blanks.)
Does anyone know where I can get Rhizobia?
That's the nitrogen fixing bacteria needed by Partridge Pea (Chamaechrista fasciculata), a native Michigan wildflower. I harvested some seeds by the roadside need Shelby, Michigan. Usually of course the seeds drop by 'mama' and pick up the bacteria in the soil. I haven't been able to find the site since then (!) or I'd dig up a shovelful or two of soil. The seeds need to be inoculated to grow after germination.
One thing about gardening, we keep learning: The MSU agriculture site has an article on pelletizing alfalfa seed with a mix of Rhizobia, lime, and possibly a pesticide. This practice has been traced back to the ancient Egyptians! Lots of references to other research, no reference to sites to buy from. I stopped at my local agricultural co-op, and they no longer carry the innoculate as almost all alfalfa seeds now come pelletized already.
I enter Rhizobia in the Search: box here on Dave's, but nothing happens. All help appreciated.