The Q&A Archives: Planting Suggestions

Question: We have long, but narrow spaces in which to plant, and our soil is very sandy. We are HORRIBLE seed growers, but have had much success planting young, already started flowers. What would work best in our garden?

Answer: Many kinds of flower seeds germinate readily when sown in the garden. Maybe you aren't giving yourselves enough credit! Try direct seeding marigolds, alyssum, calendula, zinnia, cosmos, chinese lantern, lobelia and pansies. Just prepare your garden bed by amending with compost or aged manure, raking the top of the soil and sprinkling the seeds on top. You can put a thin layer of peat moss over the top of the seeds and sprinkle gently. Keep the bed moist by sprinkling every day, or when the peat begins to look dry. Within 2 or 3 weeks your seedlings will be up and growing. Help them mature by feeding with a diluted liquid fertilizer every two weeks until they've put on 3 or 4 sets of leaves. Then fertilize with regular strength liquid fertilizer every four weeks. The trick to germinating seeds is to plant them in warm soil and keep them well-watered and fed. You can do it!

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