A Seed Is a Promise is a title that describes the joy and anticipation of planting seeds outdoors. With a few steps, you can have a spot of vivid color in your garden while also welcoming butterflies flitting all over your flowers. It’s easy to do to get the best results. Determine the type of flower you want to plant. Some very easy, no fail plants are cosmos and zinnias.
- Read the back of the seed packet. It describes the best location and helpful hints.
- Sow seeds at the right time. The seed packet will tell you the approximate time, but the weather and soil conditions in your garden will guide you
- I always presoak the spot I’ve chosen as it takes lots of water for our soil to become moist. Make sure the surface looks like fine crumbs.
- Scatter seeds on top of the soil. Lightly cover the seeds with a dusting of potting soil. (Check the seed packet to see if the seeds need light to germinate.)
- Water with a gentle mist or shower. Don’t let the soil dry out. Depending on our heat, you may have to water morning and late afternoon.
- Be sure and label the area you’ve planted.
- Once the seedlings appear, water with a ½ diluted solution of water soluble fertilizer.
- Continue to water daily until the plants are larger, then water as needed.
- This colorful spot of zinnias from my garden were given to me from Norma Jean Stokes who shared her seeds at one of our meetings. As I sit outside now with my glass of tea, I am filled with joy knowing a friend gave me a beautiful ‘gift’.