How To Grow A Wildflower Meadow November 15 2017
A meadow of wildflowers? Did you just finish watching the Sound of Music? Whether it's bountiful blooms, or a pollinator buffet you're looking to grow, we've got the expertise to help you!
Follow these simple steps to grow a wildflower meadow.
- Planting Time? - Check for your last frost date and plant after this date passes. Otherwise, plant 10 weeks before the first winter frost comes in the fall.
- Locate Sunny Spot - Choose an open area, ideally a South or West facing patch that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun each day.
- Acquire a pot/container at least 4" in diameter, compost and wildflower seeds. If you're purchasing wildflower seeds locally, be sure to buy a mix of annual and perennial to ensure blooms year after year. Our Seedles have a 50/50 mix.
- Add Soil - Fill the pot or container 3/4 with soil, until the soil comes up to 1-2" below the top.
- Plant Seeds - Mix the seeds with a bit of compost, then spread lightly across the surface. Add a small dusting of compost to any uncovered seeds. Careful only to allow them to be buried between 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch deep. Do not bury them deeply, they will not be strong enough to grow out and sprout. Plant Wildflower Seedles approximately 2-4 per square foot and only half-way into the soil. Plant plain wildflower seeds at a density that is indicated on the seed package.
- Pack Soil - Gently press down the soil to firm it up a bit and ensure the compost is contacting the seeds.
- Water Gently - You want a moist soil, like a moist brownie texture, not wet, not soaking wet, just moist to allow germination until seedlings are about 4-6" tall. If you live in a drier climate, we recommend watering regularly.
- Weed - Occasionally you may need to pull out small sprouts or weeds you know are not from your wildflower seeds. If you're unsure, don't pull it, just wait to see if it flowers. Even weeds like dandelions are great for bees and pollinators.
- Love Bees - Despite the fact that we know why bees sting ... we still love them, and grow wildflower to benefit the pollinators of this planet. These pollinators are responsible for producing one of every three bites of our food.
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