Throwing seed. I live in apt in eastern VA. Behind my patio is a mess of dead limbs and trees, very bare. I'm 65 so not going to start digging. If I buy seeds and just toss them into already existing ivy, will the have a chance? I really just want to cover with a climber to improve the scene. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
There might be some "weedy" type plants that would work, but I would think most would not be able to grow higher than the ivy without receiving any sunlight from underneath them, unless the ivy is not real thick.
Location: Suburbs Salt Lake City, Utah 6a 24 in rain 58 in snow
posted 2 years ago
I say go for it! You could mix the seed with some potting soil to better the odds, and just fling handfuls off your patio. Very few seeds will actually sprout, but it's worth a try. Besides, it would be fun.
You would want to use LOTS AND LOTS of seeds, so maybe some big bags of birdseed. And maybe some bulk seeds from the health food store; amaranth, flax, fenugreek...whatever is cheap...
posted 2 years ago
Thanks for the replies. I already toss bird seeds...but it is for the birds.
Lots of afternoon hot sun, but no watering source. I love moonvines, but I doubt they could survive.
Maybe I'll just buy pac k s of lots of seeds of things I like and see what happens when tossed.
How about sweet potatoes? It's very easy to start and root slips from those in the grocery store. They have pretty, green, heart shaped leaves that are also edible. If you have a long enough growing season, they have morning glory looking flowers in late summer or fall. Few bugs eat them, fewer actually hurt the plant and they survive poor fertility and drought. Even if you don't want to eat any part of the plant, they're still a lovely and vigorous ground cover with some ability to climb over and cover the ivy.
edit: I type faster than I spell.
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