Easy Seeds to Direct-Sow Now
Think you missed the seed-starting boat? Think again! There are lots of plants you can start from seed right in your garden.
We know how it is. Spring goes by so quickly! Before you know it, the trees are flush with fresh leaves, the lawn is greening up, the daffodils are making way for the tulips, and you somehow never got around to starting some seeds indoors. Lucky for us, there are scads of seeds that like nothing more than to be pushed into the soil in your garden--no grow lights required. In fact, many plants prefer this method, which often produces stronger, healthier plants.
These direct-sow wonders are easy and fun to grow. Before long, your veggie and flower seedlings will be sprouting from the soil. Step back, because they'll be off and running, wowing you with their enthusiasm and vigor. Whether you're yearning for flowers or veggies, we've got you covered.
Direct-Sowing in 5 Easy Steps
1. Get the timing right. The most important thing to consider when direct-sowing seeds is timing. For most crops, wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area (find your frost-free date HERE.)
2. Prepare the soil. Choose the spot where you'll be sowing your seeds, considering sun exposure, soil, and the ultimate size of the plant. Turn the soil over with a spade or fork, breaking up large clumps and removing any stones. Smooth the soil and tamp it gently.
3. Sow the seeds. Read the seed packet carefully, noting spacing and planting depth. Follow the instructions carefully. Cover the seeds with soil and tamp the area firmly.
4. Water regularly. Keep the seeded area uniformly moist until the seedlings emerge. Water gently to avoid dislodging the seeds and young seedlings from the soil.
5. Thin the seedlings. Once the seedlings have emerged and have at least a couple of sets of leaves, pluck out any extras until the strongest remaining seedlings are at their recommended spacing.
Seeds to Direct-Sow Easily Outside
These are the vegetables and herbs that magically come to life after you gently nudge them into the warming spring soil for abundant reward:
Brown Mustard Seed
It is similarly easy to direct-sow a multitude of flowers into the garden. Here is the complete line-up:
Bells of Ireland
Hyacinth Bean Vine
Love Lies Bleeding
Each of our direct-sow Habitat Gardens creates floral playgrounds with nectar-rich meals for