Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Teri, what I do is wait till around the last 1/3 of march and then I just rake leaves back, sow and pull the leaves back over the new seeds.
Like you I live on a mountain top and I've found that the above method works very well for a low work effort way to get things growing.
If it is something that I only have a few of, and really want all of the seeds to do well, I rake the leaves back, do a little more raking to scratch up the soil, spread the seeds, use the back of the rake to level the soil then I pull the leaves back over the area.
So far these two methods have worked really well for me.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Elderberry is something I really want but don't have yet.
I've been told by a friend that has them that he just lets the berries plant themselves (this apparently happens in the fall, the berries simply drop to the ground?), he does nothing and in the spring he can watch them sprout and he collects the babies about the middle of July or he waits till that fall to collect the seedlings.
Myrth Montana wrote: I was really happy with the roots I got from Fedco. I was a little skeptical when they arrived, as usually what I get from Fedco is big, and these weren’t. But I planted them and they took off and grew like crazy. My shrubs are already about 9 or 10 feet tall..
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Those are Arkansas Surprise Lillies
Myrth Montana wrote:Thanks Teri!
I really should figure out the review system here and write up a formal review. I like to support cooperatives in this era of big corporations taking over much of our seed and nursery stocks.
Bryan C Aldeghi wrote:We took all of our extra seeds last year and combined them willy nilly. Then we took then and dug a few furrows and covered them lightly with dirt and then some light straw. The leaves that Bryant uses would probably be even better and easier foe you. For us, we will water for a few days, but after that its up to the seed how it wants to grow. If its something that is too finiky and needs special care, its normt worthwhile to us.
I think the combination of your wildflower and herbs will make a nice 5 senses planting. It will have good colors as well as good scents especially. It would be neat once they are established to see about creating a meal based on these seed strewings. Not quite wild foraging, but not quite managed growing and harvesting either.
As far as elderberries- we live in maryland, and its considered a native here. We got ours from the state nursery for $1 per plant, with a min order of 25 plants. We could order any native tree or shrub from them for $1. Ours are grown in maryland so they are already accustomed to conditions here. Anybody looking for elderberry should start with their state nursery
Bryant RedHawk wrote:When I am spreading seeds I simply put back the leaves I moved out of the way, I try to make it look just like it did before I disturbed the leaf litter. (Hickory, slippery elm, white and red oak)