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Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 00:34

Ryan, maybe step one is working out your market, and step two is figuring out what they want to buy. What about doing a "grow it with your kids" type kit? So many children don't get a chance to garden anymore, I think parents and grandparents would like the fun/semi-educational gift, and there are great plants that you can grow on a windowsill. My first suggestion would be Eschscholzia as it grows so very quickly in next to no soil. Maybe that's not the best plant out there, but it's hard to beat for growing fast, looking good, and not resenting being neglected.

Maybe do a themed "fairy" garden with a sort of miniature wildflower mix, or a "dinosaur" garden with foliage plants?

Flowers on the Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 00:24

We let ours flower all the time and it is very happy. It is inside, so it never got pollinated and threw up several flower spikes over about 5 months during this last, long summer. We did not notice any change in the behavior of the plant, the rate of growth and die back of the little chompy bits (I believe that is the technical name) has been the same. We also let another of our carnivorous plants flower, a sun dew, and it is also happy and healthy.

I suggest an internet image search and you'll see what the flowers look like. Our venus fly trap put up white flowers softly tinged with pink, and the sun dew put up small pink trumpets.

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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 20:08

This is slightly off topic, but I tried to grow wild flowers this year with very little success, and plenty of money wasted on seed mix that I just wan't happy with (my fault for buying the cheap stuff). Then today I visited the Bangor Castle Walled Garden (Britain in Bloom finalist) and they had several absolutely amazing wildflower displays that I still can't get over, and similar displays in beds and roundabouts through the town. I was able to speak to the staff and they told me that the seeds are just scatter-rake-water and done. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to mention brands, but they told me they the used "Moles Seeds" "sow to grow mixes", but they also have mixes for specific planting conditions. I can't wait to try this next year, cheap and huge impact!

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 18:22

These are surprisingly easy to make. The trick was finding long, straight branches, then he made a tripod using garden twine and this knot technique: http://youtu.be/C9Rk90zNJpM

It is basically putting three sticks next to each other, then weaving rope in and out around them, then you cross the two outer sticks over the middle one. Ta da!

Then he just added three more sticks in a triangle at the base to keep it steady. I am so impressed with them, we are thinking about different teirs and maybe hanging a basket down the middle as well next year.

I'm so proud of him! I'm not sure I could part with him for an hour, but jatnakapyar, here's a pic so you know what you're missing 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29505.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 10:23

Great Pallet Planter idea! I love that you could do it in so many colours and can use it to offset either vertical or horizontal lines. Good one! I hope you'll post pics when yours is done!

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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 22:52

This year I got a bit carried away with my hanging baskets and ended up with two large baskets that I had no where to hang. I took the chains off and put them on thr ground, but the trailing plants looked a bit silly with nowhere to trail. My husband (former boy scout) suggested making tripods from wood scavanged from a local railway bank. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he came up with these amazing garden features that everyone who has seen them has fallen in love with.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29484.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29485.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29486.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 We are already talking about what we can do next year, and I would love to see what other clever ideas like this are out there.

Is it too late to improve drainage?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:53

Dovefromabove and Nutcutlet, thank you for your replies and encouragement. You are right, the garden seems to be coming along well despite my mistakes. I've got loads of tulips in flower and the allium buds will soon be opening. The violas and pansys are not doing quite as well as those I have in pots, but they aren't dying either, so hopefully the other annuals will come on alright as well.

This is my first year in this garden so I'm going to take it as it comes and learn from anything that doesn't work.

Many thanks again for your encouragement and for taking the time to reply.

Is it too late to improve drainage?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:22

I've recently moved from Australia to Northern Ireland, and have managed to make some fantastic gardening mistakes forgetting the differences in climate. I managed to get my head around having to grow things under glass and "hardening" etc., but missed the boat on preparing the soil. My Oz garden was in a desert, so a sucessful garden needed heavy organic compost and mulch, and I never had to worry about drainage because the was practically no rain and you could regulate water by watering less. Foolishly I failed to realize that in Northern Ireland the only break from regular rain seems to be snow, and so I've followed my old habits and filled my beds with loam and peat heavy compost, and I believe there is solid clay underneath. A perfect example of pride and fall.

So my dilemma is this: I've already got bulbs and some violas in the garden, all just starting to sprout and thanks to the very cold Spring, but they seem to be surviving. Once it warms up I have dozens of annual plants that I intend to put into the same bed. I'm worried that my bedding plants are not going to do well in the moisture heavy soil. Is there anything I can do to improve drainage without digging everything up? Is there any hope at all that it might be alright despite my soil botch?

Many thanks for any advice or words of comfort.

Amy

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Is it too late to improve drainage?

With bulbs already coming up and annuals ready to go in, I've realize my soil is not draining 
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