Gardening for Honey Bees: Munstead Lavender

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Gardening for Honey Bees

By Mindy03
August 15, 2012

Most gardeners I know garden for birds or butterflies, but not me. I garden for honey bees and have learned a lot about honey bees and flowers in the process.

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Name: Tiffany Corley
Columbia, MO (Zone 6a)
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Alkhemist
Feb 25, 2018 3:08 PM CST
I, too, am gardening this year for bees. I want to grow Munstead from seed, but the advice I'm getting either costs money I don't have (using a heating device for germination) or suggests putting the seeds in a plastic bag of soil for cold-stratification for three weeks. My question about that is, how do you ever find those tiny seeds in the soil when you want to take them out and plant them with correct spacing and depth? Or do you even do that?

reiw
Apr 21, 2018 11:43 PM CST
Great question! My initial reaction too. There are 3 ways at least... 1) use a tray in the bag and remember/see where you put them. 2) use a bajillion small bags! 3) mix them up in a bag as directed and scatter in an herb plot. Then move them when they're transplanting age if they're spaced funny.
Name: Tiffany Corley
Columbia, MO (Zone 6a)
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Alkhemist
Jun 6, 2018 11:32 AM CST
Makes perfect sense! So this technique works for you? I ended up putting the whole packet of seeds in the fridge for 3 weeks before sowing, and have yet to see a single sprout.

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