Weed Or Plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Heather>
Albany, NY
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Question by hlbutton
March 3, 2000
I realize that this is a very basic question but I am a beginning gardener and having some concerns about this.

I am planting a "flower garden in a box" type garden in my yard and am sowing the seeds directly into the ground - How do I know which are the baby flowers and which are weeds?

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2000
You are right to be concerned because it is extremely difficult sometimes, especially if you are a new gardener (and even if you're an old pro!) Unfortunately I don't have a magic answer to give you and this is in fact one of the drawbacks to planting a mix. Some seed packets will show you an illustration of the seedling shape and size. Also, if you can start a portion of the packet in a container of some sort so you can see a representative patch of seedlings, that will help you identify them in the ground. Finally, if you can take a look around elsewhere in the garden nearby, you will begin to notice which weeds are most prevalent in your area, too. Last of all, this is always a fun project and often a source of much discussion for friends and neighbors who garden -- ask them if they can help you!

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