ReseedingPosted: April 6, 2014
In the Automatic Garden the plants are allowed to reseed for the next season. William Bartram’s Evening Primrose (Oenothera grandiflora) prolifically reseeded this year and the plants need to be thinned, transplanted and shared. It is important not to disturb the soil once plants have dropped their seeds.
The Swamp Sunflower has reseeded outside the wire fencing, but enough are in the bed so these can be removed.
Rocks are a favorite germination site for seeds. These Salvias will be returned to their bed.
Some plants seem to be able to reseed in just the right places as these Johnny- Jump-Ups did. Allowing plants to reseed on their own is an easy way to have a continuous supple of annuals for the garden. A few are pictured here, but the Automatic Garden reseeds zinnias, mealy blue sage, black-eyed Susans, wishbone plants, blanket flowers, ornamental peppers, dancing lady gingers, columbine, and cleome just to name a few.