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mulch and throw sowing

Posted by deanna_in_nh 5a (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 16, 10 at 10:06

I had hoped that some seeds I have which are supposed to be faithful reseeders (Rose campion and verbena bonariensis) would do well if I tossed them throughout the garden--throwing and sowing. These are two plants that I would like to have poking up through my beds everywhere. I am winter sowing many seeds but had hoped to save myself some trouble by direct sowing at least these two. I am, however, trying to bring a neglected garden under weed control. Last year I tarped and mulched heavily. This year the tarp can come out (hope those weeds are seriously handicapped, if not dead), but I don't want to lose the mulch. I've read some posts on here about mulch, and it seems that the mulch throws a wrench in my plans to direct sow these seeds everywhere.

Is there any chance, or any way, I can spread these seeds throughout the garden with the mulch, or am I going to have to germinate them elsewhere and then transplant into the garden?

I appreciate your help!
Deanna


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RE: mulch and throw sowing

Just pull the mulch back in places and direct seed, cover with soil and wait for germination. Once the young seedlings are established you can put the mulch back into place. In your climate keep in mind that mulch will keep the soil too cool for germination until well into the summer.

Dave


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