Less Noise, More Green: Transplanting self seeding annuals

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Transplanting self seeding annuals

Edible Landscape April 2015
Year two of my edible landscape is off and running. This time last year, I was at the very early stages of installing the garden,  having removed the foundation shrubs and hostas but yet to remove the grass. This year, all of the really hard work is done and I am looking to keep my perennials healthy and plant my annuals (veggies, flowers and herbs) when the time is right. What is new this year is dealing with all the self seeding annuals from last year's garden.

Batchelor's Buttons transplants
The one good thing about my edible landscape last year was the virgin soil. As the soil has warmed up over the last couple of weeks, seedlings from last year's flowers have sprung up in the beds.  This is great to see in the places I had planned to grow them again this year, but I have a lot of weeding ahead of me. I am transplanting some of the plants into beds where I want them and we will see how they like being moved!

Dwarf Batchelor's Button Seedlings

 I bought new seed packets of Batchelor's Buttons but I don't think I needed to!

Rudbeckia seedlings
The Rudbeckia does not seem to be coming back but I have patches of self seeded plants emerging which I can transplant.

transplanted chamomile
I have decided to not grow chamomile in this garden this year so all the chamomile seedlings will be dug up and moved or given to friends.

It's actually quite interesting to see how far these seeds have traveled in the garden. If I am careful, I can use these seedlings to recreate my landscape, which fits quite nicely into my frugal and sustainable gardening ethic! For now, I'm going to let some of the plants mature in place so I can see exactly what I have.

Radish seedlings
I planted lettuce and radishes less than a week ago and the first seedlings are emerging. I have to say, I am happy with how the garden is coming back to life and that it looks interesting already, even with so little growing. The brick paths and  pots really help to add definition in this early stage of the garden.

edible Landscape April 2015
Edible Landscape April 2015

Edible Landscape April 2014
Edible Landscape April 2014

Is your garden coming back to life?


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