Plant annual flowering plants:
Some annual plants, such as nasturtiums, poppies, or snapdragons, can be sown directly at home, without the need to cultivate the seedlings in pots first and then move them to the ground in the garden. It is very important that the soil of the flowerbed in which we want to place our annuals is well worked and that the climate is favorable to seed germination: the outdoor sowing of annual flowering plants is practiced starting from April - May, so that the seeds are not subjected to temperatures below 15-20 ° C. We prepare the soil first of all by removing all the weeds that may be present, avoiding that the seeds of these plants fall into the ground; if desired we can also use a foliar herbicide, in order to cause weed desiccation, before eradicating them. Once the soil has been cleaned, wash it thoroughly, mixing it with mature organic fertilizer or slow release granular fertilizer; if the garden soil was excessively clayey and compact we can also add universal soil, in order to lighten the compound; we work the soil turning and breaking the clods, to better mix it with manure and fresh soil. If we have chosen to sow plants that need a well-drained soil, we also mix sand with the earth. Then we level the soil and water it carefully, so as to moisten it for at least 4-5 cm in depth; we sow the flowers chosen by us, in broadcaster or in rows, depending on our needs; if the seeds were very small or dark we can mix them carefully with some light sand, so we will see better where we have already laid the seeds on the ground, avoiding sowing the flowers in compact spots. Then moisten the soil further, possibly using a vaporizer; It is essential that in the first week from sowing to seed germination the soil remains well moist; so let's remember to repeat the watering regularly, choosing the coolest hours of the day. If the climate is very hot and dry we cover the seeds with a thin layer of vermiculite or cover the flowerbed with non-woven fabric, to be anchored to the ground; we will do this in such a way as to retain a little more moisture in the surface layer of soil, where the seeds are.