You can grow sedum, also known as stonecrop, if you want an easy-to-care-for, hardy plant. Available in both upright and ground cover varieties, sedum loves sunny areas, yet it still thrives in hot, dry areas with poor soil. Another possible benefit, for those needing to fill in large areas, is its quick spreading ability. Most varieties expand 2 to 3 feet in just two years, according to Linda Fierheller of Peterborough Gardens, a Canadian horticultural and master gardener resource. Direct seed sedum in early spring or fall, during cooler temperatures.
Select a sunny garden location to plant the sedum seeds. Consult the seed packet instructions to determine how large of an area to use for the type of sedum you will be growing.
Till the garden area with a rake or rototiller. Dig the tines into the soil down to 8 inches deep. Work in rows until the area is completely tilled.
Shovel a 1-inch layer of compost on top of the soil. Retill the area to work the compost into the soil. Work to a depth of 8 inches to completely mix the soil and the compost.
Spread seeds over the garden area. Consult the seed packet instructions to determine how many seeds to plant and how to space the seeds for the variety of sedum you have chosen. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil.
Water the garden area daily. Skip days when the soil appears moist.
Things You Will Need
- Rake or rototiller