Cover seeds or not cover?

Fremont, OH(Zone 5b)

I am getting ready to start to WS. But I have a question that I could use some help with.
I am going to start quite a few perennials.(hopefully) and some annuals too.But what I need to know is if there is someplace that can tell me which need light to germinate and which need to be covered.I have found some info but I have to skip all over the web to find it.I was wondering if anyone knows of a place where I can find this info listed together.
Thanks, Viola

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Viola... I did a quick search, not yielding too much... one place i read... If it sows freely [as in falls of the plant to reseed] it would need light.

but then i did find this.... scroll all the way to the bottom.

where you see the L that would be for Light.... if you look farther over at seed depth, there is the L for light and S for surface.

hope this helps... I'll be bookmarking it too.


Fremont, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks.I'm going there now to check it out.

Fremont, OH(Zone 5b)

This is the best resource I've seen thus far!

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

yes -- i've always enjoyed the "Backyard Gardener" but never fully explored the site... until today.

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Wow! what an excellent resource! I have been struggling with seed germination for a very long time. I thought it was just my inexperience shining through. LoL I knew certain seeds required scarification or stratification but I really minimized the importance of how deep I planted seeds. Until reading this article I didn't realized why I could never get some seeds to germinate!

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

I'm getting more confused the more information I read so I won't get confused. How do you know what plant is hardy, half hardy, etc.? Wished there was a master list that told you when to start WS of specific seeds/flowers. If there a list that I don't know about for specific Zones?

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Pippi... that link i posted above, to the Backyard Gardener... they list what seed is what... and if you are confused on one, just ask.

I know PlantFiles lists them and PF lists the hardiness zones also.

and if you are ever doign a google on a particular seed/plant... in the search box, just type what you are looking for,
say Bronze Fennel [just cuz i've typed that a few times today] and add daves garden into the search, and the link to PF will come up.

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