Gardening under a high blue October Texas sky lets you dream about a time when this area was still native prairie. Imagine a wildflower plot or meadow on your property and think of the benefits they bring. Wildflowers attract songbirds,

Gardening under a high blue October Texas sky lets you dream about a time when this area was still native prairie. Imagine a wildflower plot or meadow on your property and think of the benefits they bring. Wildflowers attract songbirds,


butterflies and bees. The beneficial insects will pollinate your plants. The birds and insects will help eliminate pesky insects bent on the destruction of your gardens. Once established, wildflowers continue to self-sow. They never need to be fertilized.


In Texoma begin planting wildflowers in October. Choose a site with good drainage and full sun. Attempting to seed wildflowers into an existing lawn will bring disappointment; wildflowers cannot compete with a dense turf. Your wildflower site should be free of all vegetation and should have had no fall pre-emergent applied. The pre-emergent cannot distinguish between a weed and your wildflowers.


Lightly cultivate the soil to a depth of one inch. Scatter half of the seeds over the bed going in one direction. Spread the other half in the other direction. Either tamp the seeds into the soil or walk across the area several times to press the seeds into the soil. Water gently but thoroughly. Many seeds will germinate this fall but remain in a seedling state until spring.


The Wildseed Farms website advises spreading one quarter pound of seed for every 500 square feet. This is a good site to learn about the various wildflowers and the growing conditions needed for each variety. While you can purchase wildflower mixes, it is easy to custom blend your own mix. Just make sure the flowers have the same soil and precipitation needs. You will find individual seed packets of wildflowers available locally from our many fine nurseries and garden centers.


For plant suggestions or gardening advice, contact the Grayson County Master Gardeners’ Association at 903-813-4204 or www.mastergardeners@co.grayson.tx.us.