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How to grow wildflowers in the garden

According to the Times-Standard, a tapestry of such plants can be perfect for a variety of reasons, such as attracting butterflies and bees.

They are also easy to grow as well as being drought tolerant and good pollinators, with a sunny patch of lightly cultivated, weed-free soil being all you need.

Weeding is the key to success and doing so without herbicides is possible, although it does take some effort, the newspaper noted.

"Wildflowers can get a bit ragged and rambunctious, so you must be able to tolerate a bit of untidiness, especially after wildflowers go to seed. Allowing them to set seed will renew the garden the following spring," the article advised.

Seeds should be sowed thickly in order to improve the chances of success, as this will compensate for some being eaten by birds and vermin and the fact that wildflowers have a germination rate of between 70 and 80 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Aspen Times recently published the story of one Colorado family who have been growing their own food.