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Is this area ready for planting

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:08

I've spent the last 4/5 weeks weeding (see what it used to look like here) and clearing this decent sized area of soil, previously unused and with years of weed inhabitants. lots (and i mean .. LOTS) of weed seedling are still germinating, so i am raking it regularly, leaving the roots on the surface to dry to death.

there still remains a lot of old weed root material dug up, and within the top 5/10cm or so of soil, along with a fair few stones/pebbles.

Id like to plant stuff within the area, whenever is best to (not sure if its best to wait now til autumn?), however im not sure when is a good time to plant. ive levelled it best i can, the soil is loamy and very well drained. but do i need to rake all the dead root and stones up, bother mulching it etc?

if it makes any difference - id like to use a large part of it as a herbaceous area. i have some lavenders growing, and would like to stick in some salvias, and a decent variety of bee friendly bits and bobs. I was thinking aubretias at the front to cascade down the wall (i have some seedlings, growing VERY slowly though).

The area is pretty much full sun.

 had to show you this that i dug up from there. i believe this to be a bramble root, check out the size of the thing! looks like an elephant tusk


lavenders ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:50

I struggle to tell whether lavenders look healthy here i have one I have recovered from my old house:

 it looks ok, i think? but am hoping someone more knowledgable can confirm ... also pruning them, im sure ive read they need pruning in April, but again not sure what this particular one needs. Sadly i don't know the variety either.


transplanting garlics

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:46


I have been back at my old house today and found 6 garlics, all pretty much pot-bound and very dry compost. i've given them a water, topped with more compost, however i'm not sure what to do with them now, or even whether they will recover. I'm not sure they look the healthiest and im not sure they like being transplanted. any advice?


potatoes ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:41


I put some maris piper tubers into a potato growing bag on 30 March. The shoots started coming up this week, see photos:

 im sure i read something somewhere about earthing these up. Is this correct and at what stage do i do this?


miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 16:36

Thanks Dove, all true points and forgotten! i think its just cause being my first year i dont want them to fail having come so far  

one quick question though. when do they stop being seedlings and become 'young' plants hardy enough to go outside? is there a rough rule to follow. 

incidentally, i havent sown anything direct other than broad beans, which i sown in a pot outside, but theyve yet to come up (its been 2 weeks since they were sown)

miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:39

Hi Dove,

Ah OK, so the modules of parsley, calendula, lettuce, aubretia and tagetes - can i just stick the trays outside now as they are? how about in heavy rains, etc?

and by 'outside' should i put the tomatoes inside the growhouse, but leave it zipped up til June? or keep them on the windowsill?

Thank you

miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:22

Thanks Hollie. do you think i should move them outside into the growhouse? will they be too hot in there at 39c?

miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:21

UPDATE: just checked the thermometer in the growhouse, its gone up to 39c!! it is in direct sunlight, and the sun has now broke that too hot for young plants? i wont be able to unzip it during the day. i could in the mornings before work, at 745am but then wont be back til 7pm to close it.

miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:05



miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:03


just after some assurance that im doing things correctly raising these youngsters. they are still on a west facing window, though i have now knocked together the plastic growhouse, which is in position ready. the thermometer i popped inside read 15c at 1030am this morning (its overcast and quite windy, here). not sure what temp that is going to go down to but wondered if any of these below are ready to be moved into there?


 tomato (cherry)

 lettuce and tagetes, and dainty:

 lettuce and aubretia:



lavenders to follow next post ...


some outsiders now. first are 3x strawberries - cambridge favourite and red gauntlet:



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