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Planting Wildflowers

September 6, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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Is there a wild area in your garden where you fight weeds every year? Replace those weeds with colorful wildflowers. We have four ways to help you: 1)  Watch Tricia’s easy instructions in our new video for germinating and destroying the weeds before you plant wildflower seeds in the fall. 2)  Check our Growing Guide for Wildflowers with detailed planting instructions for fall and spring. 3)  Explore our Wildflower section and find 24 wildflower seed mixes for climates and soils…
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Next spring you could be looking at a meadow of brilliant California wildflowers. In your summer garden you could push your way down a path lined with waist-high Black-eyed Susans or Bee Balm. This isn’t a garden fantasy, it’s what can happen when you plant wildflowers this fall. Add a sweep of Purple coneflowers (Echinacea) to a dry, hot spot. Attract endangered Checkerspot Butterflies with low mounds of sunny Tidy Tips. Celebrate California by planting the state flower, the California…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener and one of the best parts of spring is the burst of color from wildflowers. Fall is a great time to plant for spring beauty.

Wildflowers can be planted either in the spring or the fall. I like to plant in the fall because it gives the seeds more time to get established and after all nature plants the seeds in the fall. Choose your seed wisely make sure and choose varieties that are well adapted to your environment. A package of seeds will cover about ten square feet while a quarter of a pound will cover about one thousand square feet. A little bit goes a long way don't over seed especially with mixes you may choke out some of the smaller flowers. Native species are a sure thing because you know that they already love the climate. Avoid planting any introduced invasive species for example I love California poppies and they are our state flower and there a beautiful part to California's botanical bounty but on the east coast they can be an invasive weed. Most wildflowers like full son and soil that's got low fertility and low nitrogen but for shady areas they are species that love the shade like the ones that are in the mix that I'm going to plant on this side of the driveway this is the North American shade mix. Till or break up the ground just like you would for a vegetable garden so you are planting on bare ground. Don't till any deeper than you have too two inches will usually suffice. Weeds can be a real problem in a wild flower planting so I'm going to irrigate the newly tilled area and that's gonna get the weeds to germinate. Wait a couple of days and then get rid of any weeds that sprout and restart the process at least one more time.

We just had our first hard frost last night it's the perfect time to plant the wildflowers. This way they'll stay dormant over the winter and bloom just at the right time in the spring To get proper coverage always divide your seed in two no matter how much your sowing. Mix half the seed an inert material like vermiculite or sand but not sea sand. Use a one to ten ratio one part seed ten parts inert. Using either a rotary spreader or spreading by hand make sure you get full coverage. The great thing about the sand and vermiculite is that you can see where you've broadcast. Now mix up the second batch of seed and do it all over again Next stamp down the seed with either your feet or a lawn roller or a piece of plywood. If your going to plant your seeds in the spring be sure and put them in the freezer for a couple of days before planting which will help germination. So give yourself a gift this spring plant wildflowers this fall and grow organic for life.

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Michele Reynolds Says:
Sep 9th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Is there a way to share your informational videos on facebook, I know my customers would love em?!

Betty Yuill Says:
Sep 11th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I really enjoy the little videos that you do, they are very informational. Please
add many more!

Charlotte, Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 25th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Michele, You are so nice to want to share our videos! Thank you!

The easiest way is to click on the video and then copy the url in the window at the top of your screen, and paste that as a link on your Facebook page. For instance, the url for this video (which you should see right now at the top of the screen next to our tomato icon) is http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/planting-wildflowers .

If you want to embed videos you can go to our YouTube channel to get the code for that http://www.youtube.com/user/groworganic

Charlotte, Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 25th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Betty, We appreciate your support! We’re filming a new video every week. Any particular topics you’d like us to cover?

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