I have this area in my side yard. It is very hot and very dry. The soil is like concrete. Also, it is the service entrance side for the home, so it is sort of a no-dig area. I had some plans to build up a brick lined area with a 4 or 5 brick high “wall”, forming a nice, level, raised bed for future plantings. In that I would add some great soil and landscape it out carefully and thoughtfully. This would be in front of a patch of long established #monkeygrass and #crepemyrtles . It would take a season or two, but would be a very nice amd neat addition to a long neglected area of my #landscape .
Skip to about 5 weeks ago. We are about to head to the beach. So, in a last minute fit of restlessness, instead of following through on that long established plan, I instead sowed a bag of wildflower seed in the area that I had roughly mocked up with one-high row of bricks just sitting on the ground. I spent 5 minutes scratching the concrete-like soil a bit, weeds and all, then sowed the seed, and tossed 1.5 bags of cheap potting soil on top. I sprayed it down with water and left town the next morning.
Keep in mind that this bag of seed was supposed to cover 1,000 square feet, and this area is all of maybe 50 square feet.
While away at the beach it gently rained almost every day, back at home. When I returned, I found a solid green thatch of seedlings which quickly grew to an impenetrable mini-meadow of wildflower foliage.
Today the first flowers are just emerging. It’s going to be a very pretty thicket of flowers (I hope). But I have no clue how this many flowers are going to live happily in such a small space ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Bonus: There’s also some sort of summer squash that stowed away in the seed bag that is about to produce, too...I honestly had no expectation that this high a percentage of seeds would take. Go figure. I will post updates as things happen.
Has anyone else ever sown wildflowers? What was your experience?