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George Nicholas
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Hey all,

Last season I cleared a decent amount of garden space on the perimeter of my urban lot, constructed a hugelkultur bed and planted several bare root fruit trees and berry bushes. This season I want to focus on creating a nice herbaceous layer in said area for yield as well as attracting pollinators. Since there's a decent amount of ground to cover, I was thinking seed balls or just scattering seeds about. Could anyone guide me as to what seeds to look for?

So far I was thinking:
Echinecea
Borage
Clover (Dutch or red)
Vetch (hairy)
Feverfew
cilantro
Daikon Radish
Mint
Oregano
Chamomile
Peas
Basil
Salvia
Parsley

Some of the space is underneath a large oak tree so partial to full shade plants are welcome.

Please let me know if I should add or remove anything from this list, as well as things to consider when making seed balls vs scattering the seed about!
 
Dan Boone
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I scatter a lot of seeds in various conditions, and most don't do much. But one I don't see on your list that I've had real good luck with is mustard, especially the curly varieties. Culinary mustard seed can work well for this and is often much cheaper than seeds sold for planting.

You've already got basil on your list, and I've had some luck with scattering basil seed as well. I can usually get it really cheap (like twenty-five cents an ounce) at an Asian grocery store.
 
George Nicholas
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Excellent suggestions! I'll add mustard to the list. I was unsure about basil being used this way, so I'm glad to hear it's worked for you.

Come to think of it, dill has always done well sprouting the next season after I've let it go to seed, so i'll be adding that to the list as well.
 
Dan Boone
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I get lots of dill volunteering in my garden soil, but it never seems to grow for me when scattered on unworked ground.

By the way, welcome to Permies! I want to suggest that you edit your profile to include some indication of where in the world you are. It's not mandatory or anything, but if you want to ask questions about what to grow, it will help people give you answers that aren't wildly funny. For instance if you are in Finland or something, my suggestions would be pretty worthless. (I'm guessing you're in some similar climate though, because most of the stuff on your list looks like stuff that ought to grow here.)
 
George Nicholas
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Much appreciated! Yeah, I definitely forgot to include that information in the first post. I'm in Missouri and it's mostly clay. Most of the areas I'm planting have been worked within the last couple years. They've all at least had several inches of compost and woodchips on top of them for a year. I'll be planting annual vegetables from starts round and about the space too.
 
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