Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:21
By the way, it's more polite to start your own thread rather than hijack another's thread but this is an old one so I'm sure the OP won't mind.
I've never had a problem with slugs in this garden especially with wild flowers. If you create a balanced garden you'll get birds and hedgehogs eating your slugs. I think slug pellets should be banned anyway, like we haven't got enough problems with our dwindling wildlife.
Wild poppies don't need any help from people other than being substitute grazers disturbing the soil, called poaching. In other words, the soil needs to be clear for the seeds to germinate. If there's even grass growing they won't germinate. I thought I'd ben lazy and scatter sand in places then seed over this in my meadow to get poppies but it didn't work. You have to dig over the soil.
Dead heading means removing the dead flowers in order to prevent seeds forming so that's the last thing you want to do if you want to collect seed. Let the seed mature in the pod, then, when you see the pods turning brown cut them off, put them on a plate and put the plate somewhere dry, the pods will open and you can shake out the seeds. Store them in the fridge or somewhere with a stable, cool temperature in a paper envelope until Autumn or Spring. Yes, if you throw whole seed pods on cleared ground the seeds will germinate through the rotten seed pods but they'll be over-crowed and so, week plants. So that's not a good idea.
Last edited: 07 June 2017 11:24:34