Wild Seed Magazine
The fourth volume of our annual magazine Wild Seed includes beautiful photographs and artwork along with excellent writing in this special edition focused on gardening with native plants. Our publication is free of advertising and full of ideas and will inspire you to add native plants to your landscape, wherever you live.
Here is a peak inside the upcoming issue:
- Claudia West on groundcovers as living mulch
- Julie Beckford on the meadow of Dora Galitzki
- Ellen Sousa and Russ Cohen on adding native edibles to your landscape
- Dan Jaffe on planting “wasted” spaces
And many more articles by Tom Attwell, Doug Hitchcock, and others on native design, lawns and meadows, prepping soils, and a step-by-step guide to starting a native plant nursery. Click on the table of contents below to see what is inside this issue.
Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.
- A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
- B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
- C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
- D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
- E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
- F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
- G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
- FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.
If you have specific questions about seeds and germination guidelines please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.