That's because in another couple months, you might have bare or ugly spots in your flower beds. By then, the flower seedlings you planted in your veggie garden will be a few inches tall, a perfect size to transplant into the problem spots, where they'll finish growing and blooming. If not you will have color in your vegetable garden. Good candidates for rescue flowers must transplant well. They include sunflowers, cosmos, marigolds, and zinnias ( my favorite cut flower).
How to Direct-Sow Seeds in Iowa
Plant seeds directly in the ground for lots of flowers easily and inexpensively!
However, different seeds germinate best in different temperatures. Check out the list below for the best seeds to direct-sow when the weather is cooler or warmers:
Cool-Season Annual Flowers to Direct Sow
Plant in late April
Warm-Season Annuals to Direct Sow
Plant in late May or early June
However, it’s not as easy as just digging a hole and burying the seeds. Follow these tips:
• Plant in rich, loose soil that’s been well-weeded in an open, bare area, such as a vegetable garden. Don’t make the seeds compete with nearby flowers or other plants.
• Consider planting rows in your vegetable garden so you’ll have armloads of flowers for cutting in a couple of months.
• Plant at the depth and spacing recommended on the seed packet (though some seed packets are more thorough than others.) If they’re small, mix in with a teaspoon or two of sugar to help disperse the seed more evenly. This is a new hint for me, I will try this one.
• Mark the seeds so you don’t lose track!
• For the first couple of weeks, keep the soil lightly and evenly moist—critical for good germination.
• You may need to “thin” the seeds—that is, pull out the tiny seedlings and leave some of the strongest so they have plenty of room to grow and thrive. Again, with luck, this will be specified on the seed packet. Give this a try. I know I am going to do this. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse Dougherty Iowa