Posted: 20/06/2017 at 17:32
I'm growing in confidence with raising plants from seed. I've grown foxgloves, aubretia, tomatoes, sunflowers, verbena rigida, petunias, pelargoniums, trailing lobelia, all from seed in the greenhouse but next, I want to sow some hardy annuals directly. I've always grown in seed trays, as I'm worried the winter will kill them, I can't believe they'll survive, or I'll pull up the seedlings mistaking them for weeds. Growing direct will help as I'm always running out of space in the house. And if I do sow in winter in the greenhouse. I'm likely to forget about them and forget about watering them, equalling dead seedlings. I did this last year with the sweetpeas.
I'm looking at calendula, Ammi majus or Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden', Eschscholzia californica, or anything that attracts the bees and butterflies.
I guess I need to start small, gain some success and the confidence will come.
But any advice is welcome on how you do it?
What were your first direct sown flowers (successes and failures)?
What are your favourite hardy annuals that never fail you?
Thanks for reading x