Wildflower Seed: Planting An Amazing Wildflower Garden
A Guide To Planting Wildflower Seeds
Have you ever seen a true wildflower meadow? It is an amazing experience. Here, in the heart of California, spring is an amazing time. Just nearby, we have an amazing state park that boasts absolutely beautiful wildflower Meadows. There is nothing like coming over hill to the view beautiful flowers sprinkled throughout the landscape. Planting a wildflower Garden or Meadow it’s easier than you think. Wildflower seeds develop over the ages to survive with little water and in substandard conditions. With a little bit of care and planning you can create your own wild flower garden in a raised bed or Garden plot on your property. The below guide to planting wildflower seeds we’ll give you a great start.
Choosing the right wildflower seeds
One of the most important steps is making sure that you have the right wildflower seed for your planting zone climate. You will also need to choose a seed that meets your goals. Some seed is perfect for shade, others Great for full sun some attract butterflies and bees others thrive in specific conditions. Choosing the seed and mix for your location and position on your property it’s very important for success. at the end of the article I will provide some links to quality seat providers that will ensure germination and growth of beautiful wildflowers.
Preparing the soil for wildflowers
you should always prepare your soil for wild flower planting. You may ask yourself, “why do I need prepare the soil don’t Just grow won’t they?” Indeed they will, but so will those pesky weeds and other things you don’t want to invade your beautiful new garden. Technique we use for wildflowers here at Celtic Farm, is simple and effective. There are many ways to read the soil of weed seeds, including solarization and other techniques. Here is our technique plain and simple:
- Use a rake to disturb the top 3 inches of soil. This will surface the majority of weed seed that exists in your current soil.
- Water the prepared area daily. This will make the seeds germinate and begin to grow.
- Remove the growing weeds. Dig up or use your favorite weeding tool to eliminate the growing weeds.
- Repeat the above again.
This technique will eliminate the majority of the weeds and sufficiently prepare the bed for your wildflower seed planting.
Wildflower Seed Planting Technique
you can plant your seeds in spring summer or fall, if you plantain full make sure that the temperature is below 40°F to keep the seed from germinating before spring. The cold will actually help kick off the germination process and give you better termination..
In order to disburse the seeds to get an even flower look, it’s necessary add sand to the mix. Using the sand gives you some bulk of the seed mix and also makes it easy to distribute with any garden spreader. A typical packet of seeds will cover between 5 and 10 ft.². Grab a bucket grab a bucket and make a mix that’s four parts sand to one part wildflower seed. Yeah you can put it in the hands spreader or push spreader and then cover the seed with about an eighth inch of soil. If you use a rate to make half-inch grooves it makes it easier to cover the seed after it’s been placed.
Caring for your wild flower garden
After you’ve laid down your seed and covered it with soil keep the planting moist by watering daily this will aid in germination and ensure your wildflowers begin to grow.
Want to grow Wildflowers? See our Wildflower Seed Grow Kit.
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