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Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:26


Its TOO ACID.  Loam is just a name for good sandy loam is a good sandy type soil, clay loam is a good clay type soil.  

I think it's too wet for heathers too.  They like it drier. 

My advice is not to grow lavendars.  I have no doubt at all....if you contact the forum again in a few months it will be to say the lavendars have died.

The very wise maxim with the soil and conditions you have.  You are tryIng to work against them.  What is the point of that?  Plenty of advice to help you do that but grow something else.

I want a bed of azaleas but my soil won't allow that. So I don't grow them in my garden.??????

Echinacas?  Noooooooooo.  Rudbeckia Goldsturn is a brilliant yellow perennial that will grow there as will astilbes. Astrantias, etc.

Azalas, dwarf rhododendrons, kalmias, etc. will grow there. Lithodora is a low cascading evergreen with brilliant blue flowers in spring and early summer and will love it there too.  

Plenty of better options

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:41


Lavendars NEED light, free draining alkaline or neutral soil.  It's a long border to dig in mushroom compost, etc. that will only slightly improve comditions.  You need a lot of compost.  

I think it is madness to grow lavendar there....the wetness will simply engulf the area again.  You are working against all the natural comditions to,provide something that prob won't look right anyway.  

You can raise the bed and do all sorts......costing money.  I think ferns will look better there

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:33

Hiya everyone

Been lovely day today.  Plenty of sunshine. 

Mrsgarden. I went to one of those garden clubs for a couple of weeks.  Drove me up the wall.......nobody knew anything, talk was of the next outing and tea and cakes seemed to be most,important thing.  More of a social club.....boooooooooring!    Had more fun sitting on the loo


Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:24

Rococo, simply put,  

you can't plant lavendar there.  

Your friend needs to accept this basic fact.  The soil is too acid, too wet and lavendars planted there will die in a matter of months if not weeks.  If budget is tight this is even more of a reason not to waste money.  

Your friend needs to think again


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 16:33

You need to TALK to your doc about that Chicky!

Onion update

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 12:38

Hiya fidget.  They were quite large plants, not bare root.  They started to grow almost as soon as planted. They have produced hefty bulbs

They avoided all fuss of seed sowing etc.  I will check it out but I think they were about   £9 for a hundred plus postage. usually I sow a couple of trays that take up space then prick out taking even more space. If they keep well over winterI will do same next spring. ,certainly better than sets so far.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 12:28

Hey I have 4914 posts.  Well. 4915 now.  Oh, 4916

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 09:10


I grow a short white dahlia early if you start it early in GH.  Double white chunky ....2' tall tops.  Lost name but obviously a dwarf and it looks as good now as it did in July.  Coombland White is a lovely geranium flowering in mid summer..more tall than wide

Onion update

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 09:00

Fidget, the Kelsea look great . 

Mine have been good too.....however had a couple that were bit soft.  Grew my carrots too close,to onions and the foliage was so tall it covered some of the onions.

So. I bought onion PLANTS in spring.  First time.  I always sow seed or buy sets.  Verdict is very good.  Large onions, no seed sowing and,pricking out.  Now to see how well they keep over winter.


Posted: 09/09/2013 at 08:48

Woody.....nearly the A word!

Morning everyone. 

Rain overnight but drier now.  Sun forecast for later.

Congrats to Chicky for 1000 posts on the forum.  No idea what my count is

Beginning to consider what plants to move and where.  Soon will start cutting hellebore leaves as well as other not so pristine summer foliage.  

Hope everyone has good healthy day

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