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Border plants in desert like conditions

Posted: Today at 08:38



Posted: Today at 08:37

You have ny sympathy Joususa, I have tried nasturtiums several times as they are supposed to be so easy but not for me I never seem to have much success. I am sure that there are some plants I'm just not meant to grow - I always struggle with sweet corn too.......

I tried again with both this year - 1 nasturtium out of 8 seeds germinated and none of the sweet corn. Everything else has, so not sure what the issue is. The one nasturtium is small but so far strong so am hoping for at least a few flowers.....

Exhausted soil

Posted: Today at 08:27

Adding any organic matter will help improve sandy soil - so probably worth setting up compost bins, if not already, and composting all your kitchen and garden waste.

we have gardened very successfully on sandy, free draining soil. It's just a matter of knowing which plants are better suited. Sandy soil isnt as good at retaining nutrients so always better to feed and mulch in spring before planting than (just) in Autumn. It's  also better to keep it covered during the winter months so that any goodness is less likely to be washed away, so might be worth using green manures over the winter months to dig in during spring, these will also help up the organic matter.

Border plants in desert like conditions

Posted: Today at 08:21

Maybe we should have a group trip - many hands and brains may light work 😊🏖

Rose help

Posted: Today at 08:12

Hi Chrissy, banksia is sometimes called he Lady Banks Rose so maybe as Yvie says the peeling is natural

Pond water

Posted: Today at 08:07

Using garden soil shouldn't have any effect. I've always used garden soil in our ponds with no problems. The only problem I've read that it can cause is a bloom of algae if it is particularly rich in nutrients but can't say I've ever experienced that problems either.

hope you get the issue sorted out soon

name fushia

Posted: Today at 08:01

Sorry of this seems a daft question but are you in the USA or is it a variety from the USA?

Border plants in desert like conditions

Posted: Today at 07:58

Hi Alex, most of the forum members are uk based so we might struggle to give any practical suggestions. We do have a few from hotter climes so hopefully they may have some useful suggestions. Have you had a look at what any of your neighbours use? 

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Posted: Yesterday at 21:36

They are biennial in that they don't flower until the second year plus sometimes, as you have found, they will go on for another year or so as short lived perennials.

i think plants just like to keep us on our toes and they don't bother to read the text books 🙂

sweet rocket disaster

Posted: Yesterday at 18:44

It's very important to check whether the site you are looking at is relevant for the uk. Several very polpular uk plants are considered invasive and banned in the USA including our gorgeous honeysuckle lonicera japonica, a garden special here nandina domestics and even spiraea japonica.

It's the extreme of the local differences we have where some people find a plant a thug in their garden and others a joy whI had behaves itself beautifully.

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