Using Seeds in your Yard

A cheap way of getting your landscape up to par is to buy seeds and plant them out in your yard.

This sounds like an easy solution – you may ask “Why doesn’t everyone use seeds if it’s so cheap and easy?”  That’s because it’s not actually very easy.

Here is some info that may help you use seeds in a more effective manner: 

1.  Overseed your lawn.  It’s pretty easy to buy extra seeds, rent a spreader, and go to town overseeding your existing lawn.  However, if your lawn is extremely uneven, you don’t like the slope, or it’s just plain ugly, try consulting with a landscaper to get the whole thing overhauled.  It may save you a lot in water money in the long run.

2. Start seeds indoors if the weather is particularly finicky.  It’s easy to start seeds inside, just put them in between two sides of a lightly dampened paper towel and put them in a plastic bag until the seeds begin to germinate.  At this point, plant the seeds in the soil at the recommended depth.  Be careful with the roots and ensure the soil all around and beneath the planted seed is loose and crumbly.

If you are worried about your soil quality, consult with your local landscaper to see what you can do to improve it, and how extensively you need improve it.  If you are only planning a vegetable garden, you may only need to improve the top 6 inches or so – and it may be a better idea to install planter boxes.

3. Plant seeds directly in a pot that you like.  Make sure too keep the soil loose and not too damp.  If you water the seeds, just mist them and keep the soil only partially damp.  Once they sprout, you can put them indoors, outdoors, or hang them.

4. Plant some bulbs around your yard.  I posted an article all about that last week.

5. Plant your vine plants in heavy-duty pots, or directly in the ground, set up a trellis and watch them grow.  Some great (and popular) options for this are: tomatoes, sweet peas, cucumber, zucchini, squash, bush beans, and more.  If you don’t want veggies, try passion flowers, bougainvillea, morning-glory, honey suckle, clematis, black-eyed susan, and more.  Just make sure, if you happen to plant direct into the ground, protect the seed with cover until it begins to sprout.  Then, remove the cover.

If this sounds like too much work – that’s fine!  You can always buy something pre-sprouted.

Here’s to a year of perfect weather and great gardening!

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  1. […] If you want to plant by seed, start sprouting them and get compost down in the areas you’d like to plant […]

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