Yesterday I cleared/planted the raised bed at the front door and cleared the triangle patch beside the steps. I need to find something to seed that prepared patch before the weeds take over again. I pulled out my box of seeds and looked through them: cover crops, spring planted vegetables, summer planted vegetables, herbs, annual flowers.. nothing that I could direct sow at this time of year. Oh wait!
I bought a low growing wildflower mix from West Coast Seeds that I had planned to use around the edges of the backyard to merge the lawn with the woodland. Awesome Hubby was not impressed with the idea; he likes his non-native, space wasting, water sucking, high maintenance and inedible lawn to be a monoculture of just grass. Fair enough. I will leave his backyard alone and take my beautiful plans elsewhere on the property 🙂
According to the seed packet, the best time to plant these wildflowers is between October and May. Mmm that’s close enough. The Hummingbird mix was a free gift of nectar rich wildflowers that emerge at different points during the growing season. I love seeing hummingbirds and the flowers that attract them are good for attracting butterflies too. Both of these are mixes of zero maintenance perennial and self-seeding flowers that will naturalize in the area planted. They can take light foot traffic, attract pollinators and feed other beneficial insects and look super pretty. All you have to do is sprinkle them over the raked seed bed and firm down for good seed to soil contact. I didn’t even water them as the sky started spitting minutes after I scattered the seed. The concrete path that edges this bed is broken and has an odd shape, the wildflowers should cover and soften the area and the downspout will keep it well watered too.
I used all of the hummingbird mix (there was only a teeny bit anyway) and a handful of the alternative lawn mix to fill in the bed. I will save the rest of the alternative lawn mix to fill in any gaps later and to transition the front “lawn” area into the shady woodland garden that I’m hoping to complete soon. Every organic gardener knows that the more wildlife and diversity in your garden, the more fertile the garden and the healthier the growth. Not only are you providing food for the birds and insects (I like feeding things) but you are attracting the pollinators and pest controllers that will make your garden flourish without chemicals and hard labour. I feel excited to see how this little experimental bed works out.
**The beautiful photograph at the top was captured by Awesome Hubby last winter from our front porch.