This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

purple cone flower (echinacea)

echinacea 116

I hand collected cone flower seeds last fall. I also tried planting some outside in milk bottles in case they need a cold treatment. But I am happy to see one little sprout here. Maybe more will come.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Steve said...

Hi Kathy...The coneflower seeds I got from Fedco said to "stratify" the seeds for 5 days, meaning put them in the fridge in a ziplock bag on a damp paper towel. Apparently this simulates cold weather and encourages germination. I just planted the treated seeds today, so we'll see what happens.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratification_%28botany%29

February 28, 2010 5:26 PM

 

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