Making the most of your buzzing garden
You can help nearby pollinators like honey bees find nutritious food but it means having flowering plants that provide the pollen and nectar they need to sustain their hives. Even though not all of us have a green thumb, that doesn’t mean it’s not easy—and fun—to plant a Buzzing Garden.
Here are some simple tips:
Know your seeds.
Every seed has different needs. Most seed packages have detailed instructions about how and when to sow, how deep to plant, whether to start indoors or directly in the soil, and so on. For our Buzzing Gardens seed mix, we’ve specifically chosen plants that aren’t picky. “Wild” flowers are wild because they’re able to thrive in a lot of different conditions, making them great candidates for hassle-free gardening.
For our mix, sprinkle the seeds loosely on top of the dirt. After you’ve sprinkled them, cover them loosely with soil by scraping it over top with your hands or a small rake. Make sure to water them well so they’ll have the best chance at germinating.
Know what to expect.
We’ve included both annual and perennial seeds in our packet. Annuals are plants that grow, flower and seed all in a single season, while perennials will return each spring if they’re well maintained. Perennials don’t actually die in the late fall, they simply go dormant, much like a tree, which means they won’t grow in the winter because of the cold temperatures.
While this means that some parts of our seed mix will return next season, it also means that like most perennials, some of our flowers won’t blossom until their second year of growth. Here’s a table to help you understand which seeds are which.
One of the biggest mistakes first-time gardeners make is over-watering their plants. This can lead to the growth of mould and fungus, but it can also drown the roots of a plant leading to nutrient deficiencies. For finicky plants, it’s also a good idea to make sure that the soil isn’t too compact, otherwise the water won’t drain and the roots may rot due to excess moisture.
Don’t under-water, either!
It’s important to keep your plants hydrated so they don’t wilt. A good rule of thumb is to literally use your thumb: poke a hole about an inch deep in the surface of the dirt, and if the soil at the bottom is dry, it’s time to water your plants.
For the most part, these plants will take care of themselves. The more we fiddle with them—especially when they’re young seedlings—the less they’ll thrive. You need to remember that gardening is a game of patience.