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Flower in my weed patch

Little Bluestem grass photo @ Wikipedia.
This is year 3 on my go native project. So far it seems to be working out fairly well. During spring and summer I see a lot of Hummingbirds, bees, wasp and butterfly’s visiting the flowers and in the fall and winter I have a lot of cardinals”red birds’, doves, quail, finches and wrens that take advantage of flower and grass seed that remained after frost.

I have an area that covers about 10,000 square feet on the north side of my house/yard that I am allowing to reestablish it’s self in ‘mostly’ little bluestem, native grasses, wildflowers and a lot of just common weeds. It is a no mow area. Last fall I over seeded that area with some purple cone flower and Mexican hat flower seeds, but truth be know I really don’t know how much of that seed actually came into direct contact with bare soil or how much germinated. I will have a better idea later this summer when the flowers have had time to out grow the grass so I can get a idea what I should do this fall in my over seeding project.

I have another space only about 10 feet wide and 50 feet long on the west side of my chicken pen that I will over seed with purple cone flower and what the seed seller is calling ‘Long Headed Coneflower’ just before our next rain storm is forecast to pass over my tiny spot of Southwest Oklahoma.
FYI – Long Headed Coneflower, to me looks just like Mexican hat but with all the flower peddles colored yellow.

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How to make a small greenhouse — The Guide to being eco friendly

Another good idea to use as a mini-green house for seedlings indoors or out of doors in warmer weather.

Plants grow very slowly when its cold. A minute project to create a very small greenhouse with an 8 liter (2 gallon) water fountain bottle. Step 1: The Top What you need : a water fountain and a good knife. Cut the cap, then the top Step 2: Bottom and Finish cut the bottom, put some soil , […]

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This project works well using 2, 2 1/2, 3 or 5 gallon water jugs. The 3 or 5 gallon jugs are the perfect size to use in your garden to protect tender early planted garden crops from light frost, high winds, hail storms and are useful to prevent most types of insects from attacking tender plants.
Soda bottle mini-garden green house


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Save Money – Save This Years Seed For 2018 Planting Season

At $3 to $5 dollars for a seed packet containing 10 to 30 seeds, it is worth your time and effort to collect and save flower and vegetable seeds for your 2018 gardens.

Collecting and storing flower seeds is a fast and easy project.
Cut flower heads and store in paper bags or envelopes. Next spring separate the dry seed from flower heads and plant them in your gardens.

Do not store seed in plastic bags or air tight containers. If the containers sweat the moisture can damage your seed and they may fail to germinate.
Generally speaking flower seeds are planted shallow, no more than 1/8 to 1/2 inch deep. Water often keep the first 1/2 inch of soil damp but not wet until seeds germinate. That’s generally from 7 to 10 days. Summer and fall blooming plant seed will reliably germinate after you soil tempeture has warmed to around 65 or 70 degrees F.

Don’t forget to label your saved seed. Many flower seeds look much the same. This will prevent you from planting tall growing flowers like sun flowers in locations that are better suited to smaller flowering plants.

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Flowers That Repel Insect Pest

Planting a few Flowers, Flowering herbs in your vegetable garden is not a bad thing.

Careful selection of flowering plants will add color and interest to your vegetable garden as well as act as a natural barrier to many insect pest.

* Basil Repels house flies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax.

* Lavender bouquets repel fleas, flies and other biting insects. Repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Lavender has been used for centuries to add a pleasantly sweet fragrance to homes.

* Lemongrass repels insects like mosquitoes. You’ve no doubt seen citronella candles in stores during the summer and read how citronella will keep mosquitoes. Citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass, it can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide in one season.

* Lemon thyme Repels mosquitoes. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil. The plant itself will not repel pesky mosquitoes. To release its chemicals, you must first bruise the leaves. To do this, simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands.

* Mint Repels mosquitoes. The leaves are commonly used to flavor iced tea. Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden or on the patio will help keep nearby plants insect free.

* Rosemary Repels mosquitoes and a variety of insects harmful to vegetable plants. Rosemary is available in various forms. Plants can be grown in containers or grown in herb gardens or planted in landscaped beds, some varieties can grow quite large.

In your garden
* Bay leaves Repel flies.
* Chives Repel carrot flies, Japanese beetle and aphids.
* Dill Repels aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms.
* Fennel Repels aphids, slugs and snails.
* Lemon balm Repels mosquitoes.
* Oregano Repels many pests.
* Parsley Repels asparagus beetles.
* Thyme Repels whiteflies, cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, whiteflies, tomato hornworms and small whites.

* Alliums are broad spectrum insecticide plants. They repel numerous insects that plague vegetable gardens, including slugs, aphids, carrot flies and cabbage worms. Alliums include small growing herbs such as chives and garlic chives, leeks and shallots.

* Chrysanthemums are famous for repelling beetles, ants, and roaches, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root knot nematodes.

* Marigolds Repel many garden pests. The scent from various types of marigolds repels aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. The roots of marigolds are known to repel nematodes. Grow marigolds mixed in along the border of your flower beds or interspersed throughout your vegetable garden.

* Nasturitiums Repel whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, many beetles and cabbage loopers. Nasturtiums could be considered the poster child for companion planting. Nasturtiums release an airborne chemical that repels predacious insects, protecting not just the nasturtium but other plants in the grouping. Many of the insects nasturtiums repel favor vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, collards, broccoli, cabbage and radishes. Hint: Nasturtiums do not repel a important pollinator, the bumblebee.

* Petunias Repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. They are popular mostly because they are available in a variety of bright colors, require minimal maintenance and are almost foolproof to grow. Plant them near vegetables and herbs such as beans, tomatoes, peppers and basil.

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Flowers In Your Garden

These are excellent charts with a short description of flower color, size, blooming season and seed germination temperature chart.
They are the best most comprehensive charts that I have seen any where.
They cover Flowers, Herbs and Vegetables from A to Z.
I highly recommend that you take time to bookmark this website for current and later use in your gardening projects.

Flowers at a Glance Website.
Flowers at a Glance A down loadable PDF
Cultural Information and Planting Instructions for Herbs
Vegetable Planting Guide

Every garden should have a few flowers to add color and interest to your other wise rather dull looking vegetable plot.

Some flowering plants like Marigolds, Nasturtium and Tansy repel some insects as well as adding interest and color to your garden.

Don’t over look the value of flowers in your garden. All will attract bees that are essential in pollinating your Fruit trees, Berry vines, Grape vines and Vegetables.

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Flowers Make Your Garden A Joy To Look At [pt1]

african daisy Use flowering plants and herbs to dress up your garden and with careful selection repell many garden pest(insects).
I do not have decitated flower beds. Flowers that like me(the ones that don’t die) get tucked away almost any place in the garden that I can find/spare the space. My only real consideration is that the flowering plant must grow taller than vines it may be planted near.

African Daisy is hardy, colorful Annual Flower. With it’s showy, colorful blooms with dark centers and sharply pointed petals make this plant a hot climate garden flower. It is easy to grow and drought tolerant.

African daisy needs a well drained rich soil. It will tolerate dry soils making it a good choice for container planting.

Seeds germinate at 60%F to 70%F and will emerge in 7 to 14 days after planting. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep, 4 to 6 inches apart. Thin to 12 to 18 inched apart.

* Flame is a brilliant orange red flowers are bold and striking on 6 to 8” tall, silver leaved plants. Good for containers.
* Wine has wine colored flowers on drought tolerant, cold tolerant (to 20°F) plants with silver foliage. Good planted mid-summer for Fall color in your garden.

allium giant Blue Globe Allium
Spring-Flowering Bulb, Summer and Fall flowering bulb.
Blue Globe Alliums bear 1 to 2 inch spherical clusters of star shaped blue flowers on stalks 2 feet tall. A native of the steppes of Russia, it performs best under hot, dry conditions. matures at 12 to 18 inches tall with 2 to 4 inch flowers.
Blue Globe likes a well drained fertile soil. Plant the bulbs 2 to 4 inches deep.
Divide and replant bulbs and in fall. You can also plant the bulblets that form in the flowerhead.

You may want to consider one or more of the Alliums. Something like the
* Giant allium. It matures at about 5 ot 6 feet in height with 4 to 6 inch flower heads.
* Globemaster allium grows upto 3 feet tall with 6 to 8 inch flower globs.
* Purple allium bear 4 inch spherical clusters of star shaped flowers on stalks 3 feet tall.
* Star of Persia allium may be more to your liking. Showy and unusual, the Star of Persia Allium’s flowerhead can be up to 1 foot in diameter. With nearly 100 metallic violet flowers that create a starburst like bloom.

bugleweed Bugleweed A perennial flowering ground cover. Is a low growing creeping evergreen groundcover is one of the few that tolerates dry shade. With adequate moisture, bugleweed rapidly carpets the ground with showy green or multicolor foliage.

Likes part shade but will tolerate direct sun for part of the day if kept well watered.
It needs well drained soil and will tolerates poor soils. Bugleweed flowers in Spring and early Summer. Most common flower color is blue, but may be indigo, violet, white, pink or purple.

A few varieties that you may like.
* Atropurpurea showy purple green leaves
* Burgundy Glow attractive leaves have silvery sheen and are tinted with deep red. Margins are tinted cream and various shades of pink. May not be evergreen in cold winters.
* Giant Bronze 9 inch tall plants with deep bronze green foliage.
* Jungle Bronze and * Jungle Green green leaved or bronze leaved plants with very large 10 inch tall flower spikes.
* Rainbow (Multicolor) bronze tinted dark green leaves mottled with magenta, peach, cream and pink.
* Pink Elf deep green foliage and showy deep pink blooms on short flower stems.

Butterfly weed is considered to be a Wildflower. (aka) Pleurisy root and Chigger weed. This hardy North American native grows about 3 feet tall and bears dense, flattened clusters of bright orange blooms. Attracts and feeds butterflies. I often see humming birds feeding on butterfly weeds.
It likes full sun and tolerates acid soil, dry soils and poor fertility soil.

Orange is the the most common flower color, but the variety ‘Gay Butterflies’ may have red, orange or yellow blooms. Blooms are in dense, flattened clusters atop erect stems.

Deadheading encourages a second flowering about a month after the first. Even though butterfly weed self seeds readily, you may want to leave some of the flowers to mature, as the fruits are ornamental. Hint> Remove fruits before they split open to prevent self-reseeding.
Do not prune in fall. Wait and cut back plants in spring.

In colder zones(3 to 5) Mulch in winter to prevent frost heaving. Plants need excellent drainage to overwinter. Butterfly weed is slow to emerge in spring.

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