Spring is coming, and though the weather is still snappy-chilly, it won’t be long before our pollinators are buzzing about. In our Level Zero ‘Flowers for Pollinators’ series (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind), Calendula are perfect to sow in August (though any time Autumn to Spring is fine too).
~FROST~ These winter seeds are all hardy, but if your place gets some serious Jack Frost action and you would like to give your seeds a head start, then even just an upturned plastic ‘roller box’ type container over the top at night with a brick weight on top will be more than enough protection until they get going. You could also try a temporary tunnel, if you are really keen 👍
Growing Method for easy flower seeds:
With the chilly weather, these little babies will be happy to sleep, take up soaking rain and soil nutrients in their own sweet time. Sowing them is as easy as swapping or buying a packet of seed (just one will do – these are veggie bed flowers and will take up just a smidge of space), rip the packet, scratch up the soil with your dibber or the totally indispensable garden knife (or even an old fork), sprinkle seeds on the soil, scratch in again to cover, and walk away. Ground moisture and rain will water them.
- I made rough scratched rows with my garden knife to put the teeny tiny seed
- sowed the seed (nothing too precious, just guessed) and then scratched the other way to cover them but still leave mini furrows to keep them from floating away in any rain
- used some scrap twigs from the morning pruning of a bush to poke in around them to remember where I planted them, keep the birdies off and provide a mini wind break. Also if I want to cover with a tea towel on heavy frost nights, it grabs onto the twigs and won’t blow away.
- All in and ready for rain. If it’s quite dry at your place, then a light sprinkle every other day til they pop up is enough.
Look wide, Grow well, folks 🌿