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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. 

Gardeners' World

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 07:53

I think it's about creating the right spot too. I could do it as I have raised beds to help with drainage, but they'd still have to be in a sheltered area against a wall, and even then, it would be risky to leave them. The ground simply doesn't warm up early enough here, which is why our season is later. Plants  spend longer in cold, wet soil than in warmer, drier soil. It's a no brainer.

It comes down to how much time and inclination you have, and how big a desire to have a certain plant. Why leave it to chance if it's something you really want - give it the best conditions  you can    

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 07:44

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there 

Dank and wet here too Hosta. Keep that ding a ling under wraps at the checkout... 

Magpies - love em or hate em, difficult to know which. A bit of both for me. They all have to survive I suppose, even though it's not always the way we want  

Lovley pic Obe. Like the colour, although I'm less keen on the double or frillier clems. That's good that the tonic is working. A tonic indeed   

I intended heading to the far east - not that one - but I've done all those hills and it's a long way. Only place with a decent forecast.  What's a girl to do.... 

Don't even know  if it's to be any good here either.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 20:27

Certainly can't leave them in the ground up here - for the same reason. Cold wet soil   

I don't have the time for plants like that now, although I grew them years ago. Nowhere suitable to overwinter either, although I may have some in future now that the cold frame's on the go. Useful for the new hotter border. 

Is Artificial Grass the Way Forward?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:55

Splendid Hosta. I'm happy to make calls in between doing the Christmas dinner and opening my prezzies  

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