Gardeners can save money by starting a garden from flower seed packets. Sunflower, Cosmos and Zinnia are three flowering plants easily started outside from seed.
Saving Money Growing Flowers
Gardeners will save money when growing flowers from seed packets. The planting directions on the back of seed packets should include planting depths, spacing and thinning measurements and indoor and outdoor instructions. It makes starting flowers a useful economical garden strategy.
While starting plant seeds indoors saves time, growers will keep seeds that have short germination periods for starting outside, after soil has warmed. Flowers such as the Cosmos, Zinnia and sunflower are ideas gardeners often start outside.
Easy Annual Seeds to Grow
Sunflowers, Cosmos and Zinnias are easy annual seeds to grow. The seeds grow best in warm soil, after all danger of frost is gone. In local areas, this is the same time when annual bedding plants are safe to put out in gardens.
The sunflower, botanical name Helianthus annuus, is a tall plant with large solitary disk blooms, however there are dwarf varieties that will fit small gardens, too. Sunflower seeds should be planted in ½” of soil and watered well. When the seedlings has grown 3” tall, thin to 6” apart and then again to 24” apart. Sunflower plants are often grown with other edible plants in a kitchen garden where the seeds can be harvested for a family treat or kept to feed wildlife in winter or as a host plant in flowerbeds to attract butterflies.