GROW RARE SEEDS | Easy Prep For the Pollinator Gardens


Hey this is Jamie Jackson at Baker Creek
Heirloom Seeds and I want to talk to you today about how to grow a wild perennial
pollinator garden and what you can do right now to get ready for the spring. So
we’ve done a ton of videos on the best way to do things and how to get the
highest germination rate, but I like to do things the easy way. I don’t have a
lot of time, I live off-grid I don’t have access to a greenhouse or fans or
anything like that. So this is just how I do it.
Germination rates might be a little bit lower but that’s okay. So pretty much now
is the time to get ready for the spring. So what I like to do is cover an area
and start killing the grass, and what I you can use cardboard. So if you use
cardboard you might want to, you know, overlap about two inches. so in the mid-
summer to fall, when the growth of the plant is above ground, it’s super healthy,
that’s when you want to do it. Zo you can use cardboard – I really like to use the
used UV resistant billboard tarps. They’re huge, they’re massive, they’re
super heavy – you don’t have to weigh them down a lot and when you get done you can
share them with your neighbors. My neighbors and I we like to share the
tarp. So what you do is you decide what size patch you want. Let’s say your patch
is this big, you cut it in half and you’re going to do half a patch at a
time. The good thing about the UV tarps, if you use that black plastic you pretty
much get one or two seasons out of it and the sun turns it into it just
crumbles, and it makes a huge mess. The billboard tarps don’t do that and you
don’t have to cover it up too much. So you cover it up and then you peek every,
you know, every couple weeks to see what it’s looking like underneath, and as soon
as it’s dead and brown then you, with a little bit of help, slide it over to the
other half so the energy of the plants you’ve killed some of the weeds and the
energy of some of the stronger plants, like say the frost weed and the Johnson
grass ,so the energy the plant goes down into the roots. So then you cover up the
next patch. Check on that for a while, see how that’s looking. This side should stay
nice and brown and then the it’s the stronger plants are gonna start
regrowing. They’re gonna send their energy back up
because you’re still in the summertime. So then you peek at the other area, you
peek under there and as soon as that’s nice and dead you move it back over. o
what you’re doing is you’re exhausting some of your
stronger plants. The energy of the plant is above ground, below ground, above
ground, below ground and you’re just wearing it out. So at some point once the
plants are dead once the weeds are dead or the plants you don’t want are dead
the roots are gonna let go of the soil. And so what you’re trying to do is time
this so that when the winter comes the roots are dead and have let go of the
soil and then you’ll get a nice beautiful fluffy frost heave if you’re
up north .So most of the plants, or a lot of the plants that the pollinators like,
are their medicinal benefit medicinal herbs those are also pioneer plants
pioneer plants like to go in cover the soil they they have strong tap roots and
if you have good gardens you’re really a microbe farmer. So what you’re trying to
do – the pollinator plants, the pioneer plants are going in covering the soil
protecting your your microbes, and they also provide overwintering for the
pollinator,s beautiful flowers for the pollinators and awesome herbs for you to
use at home. At this point you’ve slid your tarp over a few times, most of the
stuff is dead, you’ve got a nice beautiful frost fluffy frost heave. Watch
the weather and if you’re gonna get a good snow or a nice rain go ahead and
pick the tarp up, get the cardboard picked up. Let it rain, let the soil get
nice and wet. This is very technical: then you throw the seeds out like this, and
like this, you just throw it out there and you know, may the odds be ever in
your favor. So it’s not the most technical way to do
it, but it’s how nature does it. Nature produces the seed in the fall, it falls
on the ground, it rains, they get they go through a you know cold stratification
and then come in the spring, March or April or May, then the seeds germinate
and then you’d have a beautiful pollinator garden. Once you’ve got your
area covered, go ahead and get straw bales and lay them near where you’re
going to put your pollinator garden. Bust them open let them get rained on, let the
seeds germinate, let the chicken scratch them up, then after you throw your seeds
out you’ll have straw where the seeds of already weed seeds have already been
germinated, and you can just dust it on top of your
area that you’ve thrown the seeds out. If you have chickens, they are gonna want to
scratch it, so what I like to do is just cover it with a little bit of chicken
wire, put a few rocks down until the plants germinate, but you’re going to
want to get that up fast when the plants are little, because once those plants
grow, the chicken wire permanently becomes attached to it and then it’s
going to really make it difficult. So I picked out some of the ones I like. These
are not all perennials, but a lot of these easily reseed. Some of these are
biennials. The pollinators love them, they’re really good for us to have in
our dies. So you’ve got yarrow. Yarrow is a beautiful one. This is really nice for
wounds and for people with acne. You’ve got horehound, Horehound is a really good
one. Wormwood is beautiful and the thing I like about wormwood is it’s gorgeous
all winter. It’s absolutely silvery powdery blue. It
looks gorgeous all winter. Oh yarrow again. Yarrow is so good I had it
in there twice. Purple betony is a nice one. Dandelion. I
absolutely love dandelion, it’s one of my favorite plants. I love it in enchiladas
I love the roots dug in the fall. It’s so good for your liver. What else do we have?
Mullein. Mullein is a really nice one. It’s a big beautiful plant, beautiful taproot.
It’s good for lung issues, like in teas. The flowers are nice the second year for
oils for your ears. What else do we have? Plantain. I love plantain. It’s really
good for wounds and it’s also really good in enchiladas or lasagna. Echinacea.
I think everyone’s pretty familiar with echinacea. Gorgeous, gorgeous pollinator
plant, really good for the immune system, absolutely beautiful. And bee balm. I
really like bee balm. It’s a monarda, it’s got square stems, it’s got a lot of
mints. You chop this plant up, put it in a little vinegar for six weeks, a little
bit of honey and maple syrup, boom, sports drink. You got minerals,
electrolytes, sugar, water – it’s all you need. And motherwort: really good for
pollinators, it’s a super digestive bitter, I really love this plant. What
else do I have here?And Elecampane or Horse Heel. So these are some of the
plants you can use. If you like, comment and share on this video, you get this
whole pack that I’ve got in my hands. And you know, even if you don’t throw
seeds out, even if you just cover and kill some grass, you would be surprised
at the seed bank that is already in your soil that’s just waiting to come up. Also
usually for those areas, for the pollinator areas, I don’t mow it. I like
to cut with a scythe in the early morning. Every two to three
years you get the saplings out cut by hand, you’ll find little like praying
mantis egg sacs and things like that. So happy pollinator garden and like, comment
and share this video! Thank you!

100 thoughts on “GROW RARE SEEDS | Easy Prep For the Pollinator Gardens

  1. I just had some basil start popping up in my herb garden this week. And I d8dnt even plant basil this year. Those seeds are resilient

  2. While I understand that many of these plants have good human uses, if you're interested in protecting pollinators, it's far better to plant native perennials that our pollinators have co-evolved with. This way, you aren't introducing species which may have the potential to become invasive, and you're helping to restore degraded parts of the ecosstem. Many of the plants you list (Horehound, Wormood, Betony, French Dandelion, Elecampane, and Motherwort) are non-native. People interested in planting natives should check with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation for good lists of native plants to grow for pollinators. Monarda and Echinacea are two great examples. Baker Creek, it would be really phenomenal if you could start offering more native perennial wildflower seeds!

  3. Bee balm and plantain are my "go to" plants! Never had success with Echinacea…probably did it wrong after seeing this. Thanks!

  4. Some of these I have not had the pleasure to grow but would love to! There are a few more recommendations on other herbs too that are great perennials for my zone 10A for bees. *CATNIP- great flowers for pollinators and tea.
    *Italian Oregano- Blooms late spring into late summer and a bees heaven.
    I have watched all of your videos and couldn't make it to the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa. See you next year!

  5. Would love those pollinator plants. I use plantain and dandelion all the time. I planted a yarrow this year and have calendula, borage, nasturtiums and chamomile.

  6. You couldn't pay me enough to plant motherwort anywhere on my property. I battled it incessantly at a previous house and it couldn't be controlled. Viewers, PLEASE educate yourselves on this plant before you find yourselves in the same boat.

  7. I would love to have a boarder around our garden for pollinators! I would love to have the pack! They are all on my wishlist. 😊

  8. I live in Montana. I would think that some that are biennial in Missouri where you are would be annuals here. Even though our horticultural zone in Missoula, Montana, was rated a 5b, things grow more like we're a solid 4, as we are 3,200 feet above sea level on the valley floor. By far, we have a different growing season than Memphis, Tennessee, where I grew up, simply because of the mountains and our elevation.

  9. Excellent video on covering and uncovering the weeds to use up the unwanted plants energy. I cover but never cycled it. Beats pulling them out 10 times. Thank you.

  10. Great tip on using the UV billboard tarps! I see some plants in your list I want to add here at home. And Horse Heal is a new one to me! Thanks.

  11. I've been a rareseeds.com customer for a very long time. I have saved every seed catalog I received because they are choked full of great information. Everything from herbs to fruits and veggies have been purchased. So glad I found your channel recently.

  12. We are getting ready to put in a huge herb garden. This video was very helpful! We put in a veggie garden this spring, a perennial garden this summer, and plan on putting in a cut flower garden in the spring. Next is the herb garden by the kitchen door. I'm so excited! My two tots LOVE the plants!

  13. Thank you for packing so much info into a short, sweet video. I'm just starting to garden with microbes and soil structure more in mind and wow what a difference! Incorporating pollinator plants will be a great next step. Thank you!

  14. Just purchased a 5 acre farm, and have begun purchasing seed from Bakers Creek. I share all BK videos to my Facebook page. Thank you for your suggestions for pollinators. How do we get the free seeds? [email protected]

  15. Thanks Jamie it's a great informative video.whoever wins this packet is going to have a lot of fun with growing the seeds in their garden have a great fall harvest! 🌴🌿🌱

  16. Only the 2nd video of you I've seen.. It's great the care your taking!!!! You remind me of my being and how important the details are, of how we care for ourselves. Thank you

  17. I like your way of sowing. I’ve covered my lawn with cardboard to kill the grass and have grown my first garden this summer. I’m even started my fall garden here in zone 8 Arkansas. Thanks for ideas!

  18. What a great video and an awesome idea. I would love to do this behind my house in an area that I will be working on tomorrow. Once I get the soil prepared, I might have to do this.

  19. Hey! We were at Baker Creek back in August for the first time. We loved our visit after the homesteading life conference. We enjoyed lunch at the cafe and bought a ton of seeds to enjoy in our kitchen and market gardens. Thanks for all you guys do.

  20. Will definitely try this! Every year I get more pollinators and can't wait to take things to another level with your advice! Thank you!

  21. Thank you for this. I live in Zone 8b will they all grow in my zone? I needed to grow something this fall. Our first frost is December 1st, this year.

  22. Perfect timing, I've chosen where I want a medicinal herb/pollinator garden and have been looking for the easiest, most effective method of removing the grass & weeds. This is a great idea, I shared it on my Facebook page. Thanks!

  23. The comments were turned off the other day. I would like to start a pollinator garden on the ditch edge along the road. I think it would be beautiful and I could grow lots of medicinals without them being in the vegetable garden. Love your choices.

  24. Liked, commenting now and sharing, lol. Definitely looking for more stuff for the pollinators. I have a nice, active bumblebee nest this year.

  25. Wow what a wonderful selection love growing different varieties for the pollinators ,without them we would have noting . Thanks for sharing

  26. I love that you have those seeds! I have looked everywhere for some of them and didn’t have any luck! Glad to know I can get them here!

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