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Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:14

Wondered if this article I wrote was of any use.

           We found a number of these old Belfast type sinks around the garden. This is how I turned them into alpine growing areas.

The sink was scrubbed with bleach to remove any dirt and grease before being painted with a neutral shade of exterior paint.  Once the sink has been filled with soil it is very heavy so position it in its final spot before going any further.

         The plug hole was covered with a piece of zinc foil. This helps to stop worms from getting in and also prevents the filling material from being washed out and blocking the drainage hole.

To keep the foil in place I put some pieces of stone over it to weight it down.

          Next I put a layer of 12 mm gravel over the bottom of the sink to about a depth of 5 cms or so.

          A layer of smaller grit and sharp sand was added over the top of the gravel. This was 5cm crushed granite

           Now the sink was filled with a mixture of John Innes No. 3 and more of the 5mm gravel, in the ratio of 3 to 1 by volume.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 13:36

Unless you can get guranteed sterile loam with no weed seeds or soil pests, you are better using a commercial John Innes No 3 , half and half with 5mm crushed granite grit, unless you want to grow lime loving plants then you could use 5mm limestone grit.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:04

Not so sure about pruning a Viburnum that hard. Never had to do it to any of ours and we have , at the last count, 28 different ones.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:45

And the name of the most well known Dicentra is now Lamprocapnos spectabilis as DNA has shown it is only related to the true  Dicentras, like the one above.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:39

Have they been pruned at all?

Quickest seeds to gerninate?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:35

If you put Dianthus seeds in a petrie dish and put them in the salad compartment of the fridge, they will germinate overnight.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:58

To at  least give our catmint a fighting chance we put an upturned wire hanging basket over the plant.That way the cats do not eat it to the roots or lie on it.

Montana wilt?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 09:16

Wilt is easy to tell, the stem dies from the bottom up, whereas with mollusc damage, it dies from the top down.

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 21:22

Alpine Garden Society Shows and Scottish Rock Garden shows are about £2.50 to get in for non-members.

Certainly the big shows are out of my pocket range.

Mind so are the prices being charged for plants at Garden Centres these days. We no longer buy plants at them,so who make up their customer bases?

A few of our bulbs.

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 15:00

Ok then some more bulbs.

 Tulipa ?sylvestris

 Tulipa humilis

 Anemone nemorosa Pentre Pink

 Scilla litardierii

Golidlocks I am not very good at recommending plants for pots, we do not really grow any except in the garden.

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