Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wildflower Seedballs

Wildflower Seed Balls
Growing wildflowers near the veggie garden will attract bees & butterflies. Bees & butterflies will help your veggie plants like tomatoes & peppers make more fruit by pollination of the flowers.
What you will need:
  • A bowl for mixing
  • 3 parts peat moss or coconut coir, 3 parts clay soil or compost, 1 part wood ash
  • Handful of wildflower seed
  • Water
What to do:
  1. Place all ingredients in bowl.
  2. Add water, a little at a time, until mixture sticks together when squeezed in your hand.
  3. Form mixture into balls the size of meatballs by passing a small amount back & forth between your hands, squeezing gently each pass till forms a tight ball.
  4. Place on a tray to dry overnite.
  5. Toss seed balls into areas of the yard that will not be disturbed or mowed. A ditch or swale by the edge of the street is a great spot.

With the help of spring & summer rains,
you should have wildflowers!!
Many will come back year after year.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fail Proof Seed Starting

Using this self-watering kit from Lee Valley Tools will make it possible.
Although seed starting may seem a little daunting, there are many reasons to give it a try. 
Starting your own seeds has many advantages;

Varieties are endless when purchasing seed versus the small selections available as transplants.

*  Although organic seeds are limited, any seeds started organically are better than conventionally
    grown transplants that may have already been treated with pesticides.

*  Chance of disease is greater from transplants purchased. The New York area had a bad blight
    outbreak a few years ago that spread through the transplants from one of the home improvement stores.

* Price, price, price!  Seeds are much cheaper than transplants if you wish to garden for the
   purpose of saving money by growing your own.

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