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When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 11:38

Thanks nutcutlet

When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 10:56

Good point treehugger80


When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 20:22

Ah, right. I did not realise it was an obligate epiphyte. I assumed it could survive alone but parasitised grass when the opportunity presented.

When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:26

Maybe I will keep the rattle separate from the mix and sow it right against the grass edge; keep the mixture for the prepared/raked edge.. Wish me luck and thanks.

When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 17:24

I am sowing a lawn edge where the soil is thin, but the grass keeps encroaching into the open edge every I time I clear it I thought if I sowed now then raked in late March/early April I might get the cornflower/poppy mix to germinate

When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 12:14

Cornflower poppy daisies clovers rattle cowslips primrose bluebell

When to sow wild flowers

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:33

I bought a mix of wild flower seed to sow my borders, inspired by Swansea cbc who create wild flower strands alongside many stretches of road. Should I sow now and allow natural vernalisation or hold off until next April?

a mound problem

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 09:20

Plant prolific selfseeders: native foxglove, pink hardy geranium, Lychnis, nasturtium, bulbs for every season, poppy, calendula etc Spot-weed the worst of the weeds only. Let Nature take its course

Slug attacks on young magnolias

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 09:36

I enjoy my M. stellata each Spring so I thought I would buy some other species/varieties like Susan. The slugs dont touch the stellata, but they have reduced the new young trees to sticks, despite coffee grounds, copper strips and even pellets. Why are the slugs so keen to eat these young magnolias?

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 21:43

Pot-grown older hedging is always a bad buy. By the time the main stems are 5-6 ft the roots are tangled and starved, less likely to spread. Rootballed hedging is better provided there is a lot of root dug up and wrapped in hessian. Such plants need a wider deeper trench to be planted into, the height should be reduced by half to a third and each plant should be staked or tied in to wire supports for the first few years. Blood fish and bone dressing plus a 4-6" mulch of leaf mould/composted bark will give the hedge the best start. If all conditions good expect 2ft of growth a year, but be prepared to cut back outward growth and make sure the supporting ties are not cutting into the stems

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Discussions started by smflyman

When to sow wild flowers

Autumn v Spring sowing 
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Last Post: 13/09/2015 at 01:13

Slug attacks on young magnolias

Advice sought on a slug problem re magnolias 
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Talkback: How to make a mistletoe and box Christmas ball

Nice, but some people obviously have too much time on their hands :) 
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Talkback: Cleaning out bird boxes

Cleaned out our 2 boxes just now. Revealed the tragedy of the sodden Spring and early Summer. The remains of a Blue Tit brood in one and the... 
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Last Post: 22/11/2012 at 17:38

Talkback: Small trees for Chelsea

It will need to be a big greenhouse to bring on the Katsuras into a more green leaf :) Maybe Kew would lodge them? Good luck for Chelsea. 
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