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Stone Coal Bunker - Raised Herb Garden

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:11

Actually, it is in some respects dependant on which herbs you want to grow.  Some will require a really well drained soil and others will be happier with a more moisture retaining medium.

Anyway, whichever it is you decide on, you will need some sort of drainage holes in the base so that you don't end up with a stagnant medium when it buckets it down (as it is bound to do at some point I guess ).  Depending on the actual depth of the bunker, you could use  a good loam based compost mixed with a little MPC and with added grit if you want to do the Med type herbs. The "green" herbs won't be too worried if you forgo the added grit

It is worth remembering that any container will require some fiddling about after a couple of remove the top few inches and replace with new medium........simple enough with your Med types.  For the annual green herbs, you just replant every year.

I hope this makes some sense 

Stone Coal Bunker - Raised Herb Garden

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:48

Most herbs that you might immediately think of........Rosemary, Thyme, Sage etc like a sunny well drained aspect.

If it is shady you can still grow herbs........Parsley being one.

Much depends on what you want it for...........which herbs do you use / you want annuals or perennials or shrubs ?

Difficult to see really from the pics the sun (or not ?)

Not much help perhaps but a little more info may well bring some ideas for your bunker

Floppy seedlings

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:37

Denno...........there are some instances in life when it pays to be horrid rather than nice........

Floppy seedlings

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:21

That should, of course, read "how much watering YOU do "

Floppy seedlings

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:20

The problem with a mixed packet of Wildflowers ( which I'm guessing you have ?) is that some require different conditions than others.

It sounds as if you have been a tad generous with the watering can..........particularly if they are in a shady spot.

Once they are planted out and watered in initially, you need to be careful how much watering they do.........native wild plants usually do pretty well without too much TLC on your part



Cucumber babies - male or female?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:11

I was just about to say the same thing...........saves all this "sexist" malarkey OL

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 09:22

Lizzie.............I'm still taking plants to Langport and I believe Artjac has some to take as well.


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:11

Depending on the size of your garden, rabbit proofing the perimeter would probably be the best way to go..............but you need to sink the fencing 18" or so to make it effective

There are Falconry groups who may well be happy to use your garden to train their birds but I suppose you would be very lucky to find one near you.

Other posters will have some ideas/advice so don't despair just yet 

The right soil for carnivorous plants in pot

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:01

Something like Perlite perhaps which doesn't contain any living matter ?

Is this Arum Lily?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:55

Pretty but you don't really need too many of them I think

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