Seed Sowing Instructions:

  • Simplest Method: Scatter the seeds into a patch of bare soil. It should be in a sunny location where most of the weeds and grass have been removed. The seeds do not need to be planted deep but should have good soil contact to avoid drying out or blowing away. It will help to loosen the soil with a rake and lightly cover the seeds with no more than 1/4″ of soil.
  • More Reliable Germination: Start the plants in containers or planter boxes filled with potting soil. A popular method is to use milk jugs, which provide a protected mini-greenhouse environment. See specific instructions here

Be Patient – Dormancy:

Many of the seeds have a built in dormancy and will not germinate until after experiencing a month or two of cold, moist temperatures. Only after going through this winter period will they break dormancy and start sprouting. You can plant these seeds this summer but you may not see any signs of life until next spring, so be patient. Often the best time to sow seeds is in late fall or early winter. It is also possible to trick the seeds into thinking winter has passed by storing them in a ziplock bag with damp sand in the refrigerator for a couple months before planting them.