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Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:55

Hiya snowyy

Yes bonemeal is organic but I would  suggest fish blood and bone fertiliser. 

Stones are ok but dig out medium to big ones.  The smaller ones add to drainage which is good for lavendar.

What variety of lavendar are you sowing seed of?  For me I would grow them on in pots until they are of reasonable size before planting out in the soil.  So, you have plenty of time to prepare your soil

You could plant out some annuals........others here are better at these than flower late spring and early summer and then plant out your lavendar in July?

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:46

Welcome Wendy.  Look forward to your questions, comments and opinions.   

Patsy you will love both of those scemted shrubs.  I think Mollis Pallida is the best of the witch hazels.  I can see those yellow "spiders" from my kitchen window ...they are fascinating flowers.  Not sure if I said hello to you but "hello" Patsy 

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:41

Hiya snowy

I've done a few lavendar hedges most others have too.

Those weeds!   Nettle and bindweed have brittle roots that will grow from smallest of pieces.  Agree glyphosate is the solution. Spray or touch up as soon as weeds  are seen in the spring.  Repeat at regular intervals during the summer.  Resist the temptation to dig these weeds out.

Soil!  Very good drainage ....I would add grit rsther than sand.  Also add mushroom compost if you can.

Full sun is best. 

I would plant when the soil is warmer, when frosts have generally gone, and I would also add a light dusting of organic fertiliser. I would plant 30 to 40 cm apart.

blueberry and raspberry plant spacing

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:58

Hi dijjuk

I grow blueberries.....4 different ericaceous compost in pots plunged in the soil. (slightly higher though than surrounding soil).  Well worth growing.  In your soil they will be fine directly in the ground. 

Bob's advice sounds right to me.  

Heck, meant to pop in here just for a moment before my stint at the foodbank so I'd better shoot off without further reading of this most addictive forum 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:51

Got some beauties well on the move now ......


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:45

Just a quick visit here

Hedk, sorry to hear about your accident punkdoc.  Easily done I guess.  I'm always taking risks trying to getthings done quickly.  Get well soon.

Andy, yes I can give names of nurseries,,gardens etc.  the are some little gems down here, including national collection of dahlias located "just across the road" from St Michaels Mount.  Remind me nearer the time 

my parcel of plants arrived this morning. Perfectly packed and on time.    Recommend Paddocks Plants. 

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Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:19

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:18

Morning ryan

Not patient enough with seeds ...bought my plants. Always looking for best prices though....we have a few good nurseries locally here too.

Yes, you do need to,build up as big a root system as possible before allowing echinaceas to flower.  Some varieties really are very poor bred for their brilliant flower colour but at the expense of a decent constitution.  They simply just flop.

Why few cultivars able to seed?  Many are sterile.  So a mixture of old and new seems to be the solution.

Hey! How can you "accidentally" spend £120?  Mind you I once ordered 3 digital recorders by pressing "submit" too many times as I checked my order.  Hmmmmmm! I guess I really am a sillee billee 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:06

Breezy damp morning.  

Oooooooooo   My parcel will arrive today.   Not too bothered though.....only plants  ! 

Funny posts....Stacey is taking a snail on a journey and KEF is taking her mum for a ride....bicycle or motor bike KEF?  



Posted: 21/01/2014 at 00:55

Hiya Ryan, for a moment there I thought you wrote your lab only eats humans!  

I have a golden lab too but mine is 10.  He loves carrots too.....well, actually he loves everything and anything. 

I guess  someone has died in one of the soaps.  Not really into soaps but so many identify personally with the characters so I guess it's pretty sad.

Got a consignment arriving tomorrow....just a few plants but it is quite exciting.

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