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Re: Baptisa now cut flowers

Think I said my raised beds are 25 ft. In real life ( I measured) they are 50 
ft. Most annuals I direct seed. It would prob help if I started them indoors 
but when I do that I get so crunched for time and energy in the spring that I 
end up not getting them in the ground early enough. I would buy snaps and 
salvia Victoria (or 'Blue Bedder')in 4 packs but start zinnias from seed. I would 
buy the seeds in specific colors rather than mixed. Hard to beat Bachelor 
Buttons and they can be seeded early. Try the dwarf sunflowers that are 
pollenless.Plant what you love!
The black plastic is simply to warm up the soil in the spring and to keep 
weed seed from nearby fields from drifting in the fall and winter. When the bed 
is planted I just fold the plastic over the soaker hoses to protect them. But 
this is not a display garden. It's for max production so I mostly plant things 
together that require the same conditions rather than what looks good.(It 
still looks beautiful to me!) You will be amazed at how many more flowers you get 
when you keep them constantly cut at their prime. I can see the plans swirling 
in your head. Go for it! Kathyz5
Donna, I am 3 hours so. of Chicago so conditions would be somewhat diff. from 
yours, I think.

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