Monday, October 5, 2015

In the Garden :: Get Ready to Plant Wildflowers

One of my dear friend's graciously reminded me about Texas wildflower planting season. Every year and with good intention, I purchase wildflower seeds and forget to sow them in early November. By the time April and May come around, I find myself sorely disappointed in my wildflower bloom count on our property.

Planting wildflower seeds is one of the easiest garden tasks you can attempt:

1. First, choose a spot on your property that receives six or more hours of sunlight a day (unless you are planting a partial shade mix).

2. Then, prepare the soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Sometimes, the soil may need to be turned and raked flat or if it is an area that hasn't be planted before, it may need to be lightly tilled.

3. You can mix the seeds with sand for better visibility and either sow by hand or a seed spreader, depending on your plot size.

4.Lightly compress sown seeds into the soil, but be careful not to bury them.

5. Water occasionally, but do not soak the seeds.

Texas/Oklahoma Wildflower MixSo, with her reminder this morning, I promptly purchased my seeds from Wildseed Farms located in Fredericksburg, Texas. I ended up ordering the Texas/Oklahoma blend in a quart pound bag for $9.95 plus shipping and handling. I truly love visiting Wildseed Farms in person whenever I am in the hill country, but I'm also thankful they have an online store available to the rest of Texas. They even have a mail-order catalog if you prefer that route.

I've marked SOW WILDFLOWER SEEDS on my calendar for November 1st, which happens to be the day we set our clocks back and change the batteries in our smoke detectors. Here's hoping I sow seeds, too!

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