I started my spinach this week. I planted seeds. It is a little late for seeds, but they are in a micro climate area. By that I mean that there is a wall beside them and shrubs near them, so it is protected from wind and cold. It is warmer than most of my yard. It is a good time to sow some lettuces also. If you are a new gardener and have not prepared a bed, I have an idea for you. Take a hoe and clear a spot and buy a bag of really good potting mix. Make sure that the soil is at least 2 inches high. Sow your seeds and fertilize them with organic after they come up. It may now be the best thing, but it is so much better than store bought. Most seasoned farmers pluck individual leaves and keep the plant going. I had rather plant thick and pull up what I want. It is easier to prepare them over a sink than bent over picking them.
Autumn is her upon us and it is a GREAT time to collect seeds. Most perennials are better divided, but annuals are good for seeds. I ordered some new seeds this spring and I have collected enough seeds for a community.Wait until the bloom has died and turned brown before you pick them. I have a friend that started collecting this year and would pick the flower before the seed could get ripe. In fact one such occasion, there were still blooms on the stem. Do not store them in plastic. they will sweat and mold. Paper is much better.
I love flowers. I think that a spot of lovely flowers are a piece of heaven on earth. I started gardening at a very young age. My first adventure was in a burned out metal drum with minimum success, but that was all I needed to get started. When I was about 12, I had a small garden that didn’t do well until I went to camp for 2 weeks. I could not believe how much it had grown in my abstinence. I was trying to love on it too much. I needed a larger garden to pour my love on. I tried several jobs trying to find my nitich. It was not until I got a job at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, that I really found it.They were putting in new gardens for an expansion.I worked with some of the best, and I learned a lot.. I have been in business for a while now and my love for a beautiful garden is sweet as ever. Now I am not one to travel,so my expertise in in the mid south US.I am sure that I could garden anywhere because of what I have learned. My concept to a garden is ” A living flower arrangement. Their is no rule set in stone with gardening. what makes you happy is a success.