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Old 04-27-2017, 08:36 AM   #21
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Starting to get germination in my water jugs! Unfortunately, a few weeds are already obvious, but it looks as if they're mostly what I want. Now to see if I can still ID all the jugs. I wrote the names in two places on the interior and gave each a rolled-up label stuck inside the handle, but one jug has really faded writing and the label has fallen down and blown off... Happens to at least one every time!
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Been there done that. All you can do then is to plant it and identify it once mature and hopefully recognizable.
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My winter sowing was not too successful. I tried several kinds of penstemon. None of it grew. Ragwort didn't grow. My purple coneflower seeds did well
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Too wet? Not mature? When that happens I save the soil and scatter it. Once in a while, a few survive and sprout on their own outdoors
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An update on my winter sowing project: The seeds directly sown onto the prepared ground are beginning to sprout. I mixed everything together and broadcast it by hand, so I really don't know what's coming up out there. Time will tell!
The seeds that I sowed in pots also appear to be coming up.....BUT...there are some sprouts in flats that should be grasses that do not look like grasses. I'm thinking I may have a healthy crop of some sort of weed. We had a very mild winter with little snow, so the flats were uncovered for much of the season. Anything could have blown in. We shall see....
That is very exciting. Keep us posted.

Here's hoping that it isn't a weed, but more natives--perhaps you mislabeled them--or some of your native forb seeds blew into the grass pots (and sprouted earlier)...One can hope.

I directly sowed only two *small* sections that had been smothered all year--the "kiddie pool pots" that I used last year. I moved them in February (when we had a week of 60 degree weather!)...and sowed some of my collected seeds and left over last years purchased seeds (which did sprout inside when I checked a couple of weeks earlier).

I also winter sowed in flats from the plugs I bought last year. They are sprouting--unfortunately they don't seem to be labeled--despite my nearly clear memory of writing (in Sharpie) on the old white printed tags still stapled to the flats. I hope I can recognize them all.

It seems late, but I am planning on sowing the (custom) native seed mix that I bought earlier this year. I have left the cardboard covered in leaves on as long as possible before sowing (and still, I see some persistent orchard grass coming through ).

Here is hoping that we are both pleased with our results.
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To this day..My favorite volunteers were the Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie)...
After seeing a wild stand once while driving through Upstate New York, I have really fallen in love with this.

I purchased on from a nursery, but, the deer has eaten it down several times. I had divided it, so one is against a rock wall with another tall native planted in front of it (one that the deer do not seem to like, I'm hoping that is enough to deter them. The other is farther from the house, and I really should put a circle of wire fence around it.
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...I wrote the names in two places on the interior and gave each a rolled-up label stuck inside the handle, but one jug has really faded writing and the label has fallen down and blown off... Happens to at least one every time!
It seems to happen to nearly *all* of mine! ...I mean

I purposely took pictures of them as I sowed them, so that I could identify them through the photos--but, I never posted them to my blog, or here, so I'm going to have to have some good luck finding them.
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My winter sowing was not too successful. I tried several kinds of penstemon. None of it grew. Ragwort didn't grow. My purple coneflower seeds did well
Sorry to hear that.

I have had success with Penstemon digitalis, but I have yet to try golden ragwort--I really should give it a try.

At least you have something for your efforts.

Some seeds, from what I've read, may not break dormancy until the following year.

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Too wet? Not mature? When that happens I save the soil and scatter it. Once in a while, a few survive and sprout on their own outdoors
Good advice.

I'm actually hoping some things that I direct sowed (and never saw germinate) will come up this spring. Time will tell.
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After seeing a wild stand once while driving through Upstate New York, I have really fallen in love with this.

I purchased on from a nursery, but, the deer has eaten it down several times. I had divided it, so one is against a rock wall with another tall native planted in front of it (one that the deer do not seem to like, I'm hoping that is enough to deter them. The other is farther from the house, and I really should put a circle of wire fence around it.
That's funny. The deer have never touched mine, but then again, there is soooo many other options to nibble upon.
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That is very exciting. Keep us posted.

Here's hoping that it isn't a weed, but more natives--perhaps you mislabeled them--or some of your native forb seeds blew into the grass pots (and sprouted earlier)...One can hope.

I directly sowed only two *small* sections that had been smothered all year--the "kiddie pool pots" that I used last year. I moved them in February (when we had a week of 60 degree weather!)...and sowed some of my collected seeds and left over last years purchased seeds (which did sprout inside when I checked a couple of weeks earlier).

I also winter sowed in flats from the plugs I bought last year. They are sprouting--unfortunately they don't seem to be labeled--despite my nearly clear memory of writing (in Sharpie) on the old white printed tags still stapled to the flats. I hope I can recognize them all.

It seems late, but I am planning on sowing the (custom) native seed mix that I bought earlier this year. I have left the cardboard covered in leaves on as long as possible before sowing (and still, I see some persistent orchard grass coming through ).

Here is hoping that we are both pleased with our results.
I was thinking (hoping!) the same thing....maybe wind or heavy rain just mixed up the seeds a bit. I'm still hoping that's the case and it's not just weeds.

Those darned weeds can be so persistent! I have things coming up through cardboard that has been in place for a year or more. Maybe they just lay dormant until the cardboard decays enough for them to grow. Pesky little buggers!
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