Sean McGarry

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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 16:46

Thanks nutcutlet

Great advice about the foxgloves, thank you.

I've also got a meadow mix and some teasel seeds - any tips when to sow?  I've got a moderate grass/flower meadow which I've been advised to cut right back - should I sow my wildflower seeds there after the cutting?

Also, could I ask one more thing please?  I don't have a greenhouse, but I imagine it's OK to keep seedlings etc outside until it gets very cold?  I've read that you shouldn't leave them in direct sunlight.  I've bought some plastic propagator trays with clear lids, and cell trays too.

I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out!

Many thanks,



Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:15

Hello all

I'm new to gardening and have a lot to learn.  I'm inclined to prefer wildflowers and pollinators in a wildlife-friendly garden space.

I want to sow seeds for planting out but don't know what time of year to do it, what compost to use, techniques etc!  I've got lots of seeds bought, and the foxglove camelot rose packet says to start sowing indoors but other sites tell me differently.  I also have verbena, echinacea, stocks to sow. 

I also need advice on what compost is best to use, and should I use a vermiculite, grit, etc..

Any advice or tips for best sowing results or Do's and Don'ts for a novice but enthusiastic gardener would be really welcomed!

Thank you.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 20:05

Thank you chicky and nutcutlet - both really helpful pieces of advice.  I'll strim first then mow right down, but first I'll "aggravate" the grasses, just so that any flying creatures can escape!  Thanks for taking the time to help me out, much appreciated.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 19:50

Hello All

This is my first post here - I hope someone can help me!

I have created a modest grass/wildflower meadow (more grass than flower!) in my back garden.  It's now fallen flat and if I try to revive it it's a bit smelly and damp, and the grass underneath is yellowing and dying. 

I know it needs to be mown, but I'm concerned about the wildlife in there - butterflies and other insects may have laid their eggs there, etc.  What do I do - just chop it down or wait until next spring when the insects will have hatched?

Please help!


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