If you’re having trouble getting seeds to start over winter and then can’t recognize the plants from the weeds, here’s a technique that I tried out this last winter with good results.
- I used a product called Terrace Board which is usually used as a lawn/garden edging.
- I cut it into twenty foot lengths.
- I drilled a hole into both ends and used a bolt to connect the overlapping ends.
- You will probably also need to buy plastic pegs to keep the board in place.
- I cleaned out the area where I was going to place the soil so I didn’t have weeds or grass popping up. You could lay a couple layers of newspaper to accomplish the same thing.
- I filled the oval with good potting soil.
- Put in your seeds, cover and water.
- Label the area so you know what seeds you planted,
- The plants you see are Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed.
- The advantage of this method is that you know that the plants coming up are the ones which are on the label.
Note – instead of the plastic edging, you could use any material like wood, boards or bricks.