Growing A Wildflower Garden

Tips for growing a wildflower garden! Wildflowers are probably the simplest flowers to grow from seed.

Wildflowers are a gorgeous and easy introduction to flower gardening. You can start in early spring with a packet of seeds, and by mid summer your garden will be awash in color. The most important factor in growing wildflowers is to make sure they get a strong and healthy start.

Begin by choosing your seeds. Some easy to grow wildflowers are Black-eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Columbine, Blue Chicory, and Blanket Flower. You can also get mixtures of wildflowers, although these are not quite as reliable, if you watch them carefully, you should have success. Begin by preparing your soil. If you do not have a flowerbed prepared, you can simply take a shovel and scrape off the top layer of sod from the areas that you want to plant. Use a rake to gently loosen the soil. Broadcast the seeds liberally along the areas that you want planted and then sprinkle potting soil over the top. Water thoroughly. This is the most critical stage. If your garden is not receiving at least one inch of rain a week, you will need to water the seeds. The seeds will not germinate until they absorb enough water to crack through their hard shell.

Once the flowers have germinated and begun to grow, you can back off a bit with the watering, but now you must be vigilant with your weeding. Weeds will grow much quicker than the flowers, and compete with them for nutrients. By keeping ahead of the weeds now, you save yourself much time through the summer. Once your flowers are about four to six inched tall; you can begin to fertilize them. Use any liquid or granular plant food you like every six weeks throughout the summer. This will ensure beautiful blooms all summer long.

You will be amazed at how few insect problems you will have with your wildflowers. Most wildflowers are remarkable resistant to insects and disease, and by providing them with excellent care in the beginning they should withstand the trials of the summer easily.

In the fall, as your flowers start to die back, you do not want to pull them up. By letting the flowers die in the garden, they will distribute their seeds and re-seed themselves for another year. Next year you will only have to tidy up the bed in the spring, and keep the weeds out.

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