Tuesday, May 26, 2009

5 Seeds to Direct Sow After Last Frost

As promised in last week's blog posting, here's a list of seeds you can direct sow after your last frost date. If you need to know when the last frost date in your area is click here.

1. Melons
Minnesota Midget (shown above)

Melons are the sweetest of all fast growing fruit. For best results, grow in full sun and reasonably fertile soil with good drainage. Melon 'Minnesota Midget' has compact vines (3-3½ft), so it's a real space saver.

2. Cosmos
Daydream (shown above)

Cosmos are easy to grow, freely flowering from mid summer until fall, adding height to your garden. They make a superb cut flower. Will also attract butterflies.

3. Mina lobata

Mina lobata is an excellent climber, growing upwards of 4-6 feet with several
hundred stems of flowers. Be sure to soak the seed & chip a corner of it before
sowing this Half Hardy Annual.

4. Cucumbers
Spacemaster (shown above)

Cucumbers are 96% water, low in calories and rich in potassium.
Avoid peeling these as the dark green skin is rich in antioxidants.

5. Sunflowers
Valentine (shown above)

Sunflowers are easy and fun to grow. They're ideal for adding height to borders.
Try growing dwarf varieties in containers or as a quick-growing annual hedge.

But let's not just stop there! Amaranthus, Asters, Candytuft, Gaillardia, Lupin, Marigolds, Morning Glories, Nasturtiums, Scabiosa as well as Beans & Corn can also be direct sown once your last frost date has passed.

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