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If you have annual flowers that are blooming now, such as zinnias, Black Eyed Susan's, asters, four o'clocks, etc., they will bloom better and longer if you deadhead them every few days. Just take scissor and clip the blossoms that are starting to dry up. But don't throw those blossoms away. Toss them in a shallow open box, and let them dry thoroughly. Then rub them between your hands, and you will see that the spent blossoms are actually seeds for next year.
Then I just store them in a paper bag, and, in early spring, I broadcast them in flower beds, along the edge of the woods where we can't mow. You will have enough seed to furnish all your friends, and may never have to buy annual flower seeds again!
I sent a half a gallon Zip lock bag home with my daughter to cast out onto a piece of property that they plan to someday build on. And still had a gallon bag left for myself. I just mixed all the different varieties together, but you could keep them separate if you prefer. I just think the mixture looks good in a flower bed.
By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas
It's about that time of year that your flowers in your garden will be dropping their seeds. Gather some, package them, label them, with directions on how to care for them. Give them as gifts to friends. This might entice them to swap their flower seeds for yours. You could also tuck a pkt. of your flower seeds into a get well card for a sick friend or use as a stocking stuffer for another gardener or tuck into a bridal shower card, along with your gift.
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