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|A few of the seeds that were sent to me|
This year I received seeds to trial in my gardens from American Meadows. They arrived this last week, and the weather is finally warming up so that I can get ready to plant them. Exciting, is it not?
I have a large amount that were sent in the nicest cloth bags, 1/4 lb. worth of an annual Wildflower mix, and equal amount of a Honeybee mix! Those are really generous amounts. I plan to place some in my prairie style patch in the front yard, some in the vegetable patch ( a row of honeybee friendly plants should help with pollination) and go looking for other sunny spots for this windfall of glorious seed.
I was especially glad to see the little packets of forget-me-nots. This has always been a favorite of mine and I lost them due to the fact that I mulched heavily in that area of my garden. Reseeding can’t take place when smothered by mulch. In fact, that is the main reason we mulch, to prevent seed sprouting- although it is the weedy type that is unwanted.
Just goes to show that when we prevent one type of seed, we sometimes unknowingly deny ourselves some of the pretty plants that we wanted to reappear.
Some of the things that I like about what I received is the fact that that this company is GMO free.
“All the seed we handle at American Meadows is GMO free.”
|A timely order well sent|
They have regional mixes, and mixes for specific uses, like fragrance or the Honeybee mix I received. The seeds arrived on one of the few nice days we’ve had and were well packaged in a bubblewrap type of envelope.
I am going to be able to prepare some ground this week, and will plant at least some of the seeds into the ground. I plan to stagger the planting since we are able to have frost into May. That way I can also determine the best results from planting times. In looking at the types of seeds in the mix, I expect that if planted too early, some would be lost to cold conditions.
I have been wanting to create more of this type of garden, although I do find that I must keep after my wild looking little prairie patch. Canadian thistle likes to settle in there, and the goldenrod is pretty pushy, although it belongs in such a place.
I mix in exotic species (don’t hate me), including some ornamental grasses, plants like the Shasta daisies that do a little too well elsewhere. My rationale is that an ecosystem like a prairie is almost impossible to truly replicate. So, I am happy with an area that is supportive of bees, wildlife, and has little or no need of extra water, or chemical and mechanical maintenance.
I expect to have plenty of topic and photo fodder to report on throughout this growing season.
Are you changing how you grow and landscape your yards? In what way?