will this work?

taterbug(z7TX)May 27, 2012

I have a lot of zinnia, sunflower and cosmos seeds and want to create a cutting garden. Last year I had put down cardboard and mulch in an area that I hoped to make a new bed.

The soil is clay so to amend I am trying a 'quick' lasagna bed. I raked away some of the previous mulch, placed compost and leaves, then added a couple of inches of garden soil on the top. Do you think it will be successful to sow the seeds this year, or do you think I should wait? What will happen to the roots when they reach the leaves and compost? I don't want to waste these seeds.

Second concern is how to keep the seeds moist this late. It is already so hot here. Could I cover the bed with clear plastic for a few days? Thanks, taterbug

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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

That is how all of my beds were done.

Toss out 1/2 of your seeds. And save some for later.
Mine reseed and come back each year. Just wet the soil once in a while.
No plastic, in this heat they would probably roast.

Fall 2011 reseed from spring 2011. This was during last years drought. They got water twice a month once they came up.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 9:33AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Beautiful, Kathy, I do so love zinnias.........they are such a happy little flower.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 9:51AM
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taterbug(z7TX)

The reason I considered the plastic is the part beagle that is free to dig in that newly placed compost and thus the seeds. But, I agree with you, I think the seeds would roast. Thanks for suggesting 1/2 the seeds. I wouldn't have thought of that.

Your flowers are beautiful. Thanks, taterebug

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 6:15PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

You are certainly welcome.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 6:41PM
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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

To keep the part beagle out you could either fence off the area or cover it with hardware cloth. At least, the latter is what I've seen recommended for other digging animals. Evidently, they don't like scratching into it for some reason. :)

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 9:07AM
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