Flowers from seeds for beginners

At some time in our gardening life we will have that spot where the grass was killed because it was under a parked boat, a wood pile, a trampoline or tarpaulin.

If it receives more than six hours of sun every day, consider sowing wild flowers like poppies, alyssum or annual candytuft.

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Roughen up the surface. All like poor soil, even near sand. Sprinkle the seed sparingly on top of the bare patch of earth and water in well. Do not cover and ensure that tall weeds do not encroach on the area. Leave it all alone. Do not mow it and avoid walking on it if possible.  Remember to water in dry spells and in an amazingly short period of time (four to six weeks) a substantial stand of seedlings will appear and eventually flowers.

Depending on when you sow the seeds, they may flower in summer, fall or next spring.

In any event, the bare spot will no longer be bare and you will have a cheerful display.

Many will self-seed for years to maintain your colourful patch.

Editor’s note: This is another installment of a weekly on-line feature from the South Delta Garden Club which runs on the Optimist website every Tuesday.

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