Thursday, October 7, 2010

SAVING SEEDS

A large group of Master Gardener Volunteers was busy this week tidying up the perennial beds, the Wildflower Garden, the Vegetable Garden, the Mixed Border and the Children's Garden.  In addition to removing plant debris, pulling weeds and treating fire ant mounds, time was spent cutting back some perennials that have finished blooming for the year.

Our Wildflower Garden is mainly populated by the seeds left behind from this year's flowers.  Dried flowerheads of the gaillardia (pictured), rudbeckia, and salvias are left over the winter.  The birds enjoy the seeds and there are more than enough to fill the garden next spring.  Annual vines that cover the Rabbit Hole in the Children's Garden produce seeds used to replenish next year's plants.  Some of the vines grown are:  Purple hyancinth bean  (Lablab purpureus), Love In a Puff  (Cardiospermum halicacabum), and the Moonflower Vine (Calonyction aculeatum). 


People that came out today for the monthly Walking Tour were able to take home some of the seeds from our plants.  If you are interested to learn more about saving seeds, read this article for some quick tips.