Re: [gardeners] Nigella - Love in a mist

Lillian Kepp (
Sun, 11 Jan 98 22:13:44 PST

On Sun, 11 Jan 1998 12:57:00 -0500  Cynthia Mayeaux wrote:
>At 07:06 AM 1/11/98 -0700, you wrote:
>>How did you get them started?  Friends say "oh, just throw them on 
>>ground..."  Nigella didn't germinate for me like that.  Of course, 
I do
>>have the world's population of California quail, house finches and 
>>eating everything loose in my yard...Margaret
>just covered the seeds with 1/8" of soil.  Nothing special.
>Give those birds something better to eat... bird feeder in another 
>with niger, sunflower seeds and cracked corn for the quail.
>I didn't try starting them indoors, don't know if they take kindly 
>transplanting, but hey, thy're annuals, can't you be brutal with 
>and still have them flourish?

I "just threw mine on the ground" as the packets said.  I said to 
sow them where they are to grow since they don't like to be moved.
I remember I did water them twice a day in the beginning since right 
after I planted them we got somewhat of a hot spell and I didn't 
want them to dry out once they started to germinate.

I only sow seeds outdoors when 1. The instructions say to plant 
where they will grow.  2.  I have a big handfull of seeds and know 
that some will probably survive.
When I buy a packet of seeds that has 10-25 seeds in it, I start 
those indoors.  Don't have enough seeds to waste.  I planted poppies 
outdoors since 1. The package said they don't like to be 
transplanted and 2. got about 5,000 seeds per package.