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Starting Spring Flower Beds by Seed

This spring, try growing your own bedding plants from seed. It can be a cost-effective and satisfying way to start your spring garden.
You can sow your spring annual seed directly in prepared beds or start them in small containers for transplanting later. Make sure your transplant seedlings receive adequate light.

Sow the seeds in a sterile, soilless media six to eight weeks before the last frost. Transplant your bedding plants only when the danger of frost has passed.

Apply two to three inches of organic mulch to help conserve soil moisture and reduce weed growth.

As flowers fade, remove them before seeds are formed to keep plants looking attractive and encourage continued flowering.

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