Summer has finally arrived. If you planted wildflowers this year, you might be asking yourself, “when will my wildflowers bloom?”
Unfortunately, when you’re growing a mixture of wildflower species, the answer isn’t always clearcut. Since most wildflower seed mixtures contain a vast array of species, they won’t all bloom at the same time. In fact, most mixes are carefully chosen so that you will get a wide overall bloom time rather than one explosive bloom.
There are lots of factors that influence when your wildflowers will bloom. Here’s what you need to know.
Vegetable gardening isn’t such a tough row to hoe once you understand that the nursery rhyme quote “some like it hot; some like it cold” applies to plants also. To take advantage of that fact, you will need to know the approximate dates of both your last spring frost and your first autumn frost. You can find that information by entering your zip code in an online frost dates calculator.
Like your skiing and snowboarding friends, hardy vegetables are invigorated by chilly temperatures and may become sulky and lackadaisical during the hottest summer months. Tender types, on the other hand, can be compared to your sun-loving pals who enjoy basking on the beach for hours. They want all the heat they can get and won’t tolerate freezing temperatures. Some of them also take a long time to grow up!
When you’re trying to cultivate a healthy, thriving garden, it’s essential that you familiarize yourself with the best tips for starting seeds indoors.
Why should you bother starting seeds inside? For starters, there are some plants, like eggplants, peppers, and many herbs, that require a long growing season. In order to ensure the healthy growth of these plants, you’re going to need to start them inside long before the last expected frost date.
Starting your own seeds indoors is also a great way to save money. Think of it this way - a packet of 500 seeds generally costs just a few dollars, while transplants will cost you the same amount (for just a few plants!).
Do you only have a small space to dedicate to your seedlings? Do you want to make the best of it? Or maybe you have heard of companion planting and you know that seeding and planting some vegetables together actually has great advantages? Well, then you have come to the right places.
While once gardeners used to seed and plant vegetables in separate places, now, especially thanks to the innovations achieved through permaculture, we have learnt that some vegetables grow much better together.