Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rake vs. Divot, part two

Rocky Mountain Little Sunflower (Helianthella uniflora), sprouting from one of my divots.

Back last November I made a post comparing two methods for planting native seeds, whether you scratch the surface of the dirt and rake the seeds into the top 1/4 inch or so, or dig a little divot, fluff up the soil, and put the seeds in that.  I think most/many native plants around here prefer the former method, but since I adopted it (from the advice of more knowledgeable native plant folks), there are some plants that just don't seem to sprout that way.  One is this perennial, Rocky Mountain Little Sunflower, which I haven't gotten to sprout for years, so I thought I'd go back to the divot method.  And now I have a bunch of little seedlings.  I think Gaillardia and Scarlet gilia also prefer this method...Next fall I will try planting those in divots as well.

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