I planted 2 lbs last year in test plots...and figured go big or go home this year. I have 30lbs of seed and I'm going to start planting on Monday. I've been doing bed prep/planning all summer and plan on planting approximately 200 50'x 4' beds. I plan on doing this in 2 phases:
Phase 1 - before the leaves have fallen: I'm going to plant seeds in furrows .50\" deep with the soil placed back over (I think this is called the Hankins method). I'm going use a garden seeder to do this (
). Certain areas of my land have loose loamy soil that will work with this method and it should be quick and easy planting now that those areas are identified.
Phase 2 - after the leaves have fallen: I'll use the rake and scatter method in sloped areas/hard packed areas. This will be slower that Phase 1, but I think its doable. I planting 28 beds last year using this method in about 6 hours of work.
It'll be an interesting process and I'll let you all know how it goes.
Go big or go home I here ya I also have quite a bit to sow myself I use a tiller the first year to get them started then cast seed then use a chain link fence pulled behind a 4 wheeler with some of the link broke towards the ground so it lightly turns the dirt back over has treated me well over the years I try to plan this method just as the leaves are falling right before a good hard frost. After that there on there own we started harvest seed this year finally. So far no disease knock on wood
Got my first 3 lbs in the soil today. The hand seeder worked pretty well -- I just raked back the weeds and sticks and then when through with the seeder. Also nice to find some mature plants in my bedding areas already!
I raked and scattered a bunch of stratified seeds, should I be worried due to it not raining for a week afterward and the soil being super dry. I didn't step down on the seeds either. They were from a family members strain of wild, so I'm hoping I didn't mess up.
That would worry me for sure I usually plant mine in Ky. and Va. Around end of October or when the leaves start falling this time of year I would only plant in the northern states at the moment like WI, MI etc.. But if you have access to water and no rain for a week....easy idea get a small battery and a small boat pump get a water container and there ya go. If you have a tractor or four wheeler makes it easy if not rain is on the way from WI to Georgia next few days
Take your seeds add them in a gallon zip lock bag add some sand to them and stor them in the crisper I keep seed like this for months and have never had issues I open the bag once per week to check for proper moisture and to let in fresh air if it's too moist let bag sit open for 30 minutes if it's a bit dry add a few sprays of mist water