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direct sowing

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 10:13

It's about experimenting too. Plants can sometimes surprise us, but if you start with the optimum conditions, you're more likely to get success. One of the most common mistakes with seed sowing is to cover too thickly. In nature, that doesn't really happen, and most plants need light for good germination, so take that into account    

I agree with you about Nigella, scroggin - they don't care where they are - one of the easiest of all!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 10:05

I think most people here know my feelings on that subject. I believe the phrase is 'little things please little minds'. Quite so.

The only stirring here should be of the coffee/tea variety  

I love the viticellas and later flowering types too. Although I'm becoming very fond of the alpinas, which seem fine here, and I'm looking to add a couple more of those.  I'm not keen on the really big flowers either.  Some of the summer ones are neater though - Niobe certainly is, and it's one of my favourites.   I think your previous winters would have been difficult for lots of plants Obelixx! Hope you can broaden the range you can grow in the new garden.  

I really need to do something productive - whether it's inside or outside. Feeling very lethargic 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:43

That would be grand Dove 

Since raindrops have been falling on my head recently ( that could be a good idea for a song....)  I caught a few 'raindroppy' pix  


First Bluebell of the year

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:29

And just when you think it'll take ages for them all to bloom - suddenly a whole load of them open overnight  

direct sowing

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:26

I'd dig the compost in and if you have sand, make sure it's the coarse stuff, not the soft builder's sand as that compounds the problem. Ideally you want to create a decent enough depth of good soil for the seeds to root into. A few inches is usually enough for most things  

direct sowing

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 08:59

You have to look at the conditions the plant likes to grow in first. Whether you have a dry climate, or a wet one, a nice, friable medium is best for most annual flowers. 

I'm on clay too, but if I want to sow direct, which I tend to do, although I don't use a lot of annuals,  I make sure the ground the seeds are going in is suitably prepped, and that usually means creating some reasonably free draining soil when you're on clay. 

Get the ground worked over a bit with some compost, and some grit worked in as well, and then you'll have a better medium for the seeds, whatever you're sowing  

Drainage in a pan flat clay lawn?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 08:45

No - scarifying will do nothing to improve it, not with  the amount of stuff that falls out the sky here, eh Dan? 

I think if you're determined to have lawn, you'll have to take extreme measures and put in drains and new topsoil. I'm not so sure about a sump in the middle though. Is there any way you could put it to one side, or in a corner? My Dad did that with the front garden, placing it where the lowest natural spot was. That might give you more scope. it depends what else you wnat in the garden too. Other, more substantial,  planting helps a little with soaking up wet from surrounding areas. 

A pic of the site and surroundings would help too if you can manage it, just to give a better idea. Start with the camera icon at the top right of the posting 'window'. 

Sowing primrose seeds

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 08:34

One of the delights of spring - or longer!

Lovely pic nut - what's not to like.  

Mine flower for large parts of the year in our cooler conditions. I love them, and they're multiplying very quickly now.   

Mouldy retaining wall

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 08:29

One part, in particular, of my north west facing, narrow border along a fence has created it's own little green colony, with moss on the adjacent path blending in with the other planting including a little saxifrage which loves it there. 

And moss is so sculptural in it's own right 

What's not to like?  

Are we persuading you MillyMilo?  

Suggestions for clematis through this weigela?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 08:03

You could try one of the herbaceous clematis, rather than the climbing ones. They're 'designed' to work with shrubs, although the border looks a bit too small to have anything substantial growing in amongst it. The wiegela will get bigger and more broader over time. 

Better to plant a clematis for the fence behind. An alpina needs little attention and will flower earlier than the wiegela, although you may get an overlap of blooms for a short while. In any case, it will give a nice succession of colour in that spot, and give a nice backdrop to other planting.

If the fence isn't yours, that makes it a little trickier, but you can always ask the neighbours if they'd mind. 

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