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Has anyone had any success planting wild flowers? This is the area that I'm planning to plant up.
I'm thinking of building up the edge by the path with timber to make a raised bed then then dig in a couple of grow bags and add the seeds. I know this is a job that should have been done in the fall to give the plants time to get established so would seeding now give good results?
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All you need to do is clear away whats there and scatter the seeds, dont see a reason to raise the bed.
No need eiother to add any compost.
There are annual and perennial so now is the time for either.
The latter will be there again next year.
I was only going to raise the bed as when it rains it washes the soil down the path but I suppose I could just level it off a bit first which may be easier.
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Ah, I see the reason now.
Raising it now seems a good move or the easier option of levelling it.
I would recommend growing the seeds in pots first, until they are big enough for you to be able to tell they are not weeds.
A little brick retaining wall would definitely be a good idea to stop you from losing your soil.
With the path recently edged, why dont you just remove the soil to 6" below the edging.
Add some new bags of top soil so the bed is 1.5" below the edging and sow your seeds.
most wild flowers grow in poor soil so don't feed it with too much compost.
I've just seen and advert in the paper for a roll-out wild flower mat. It's like a carpet runner impregnated with wild flower seeds and you just add earth and water and watch them grow.
I'd actually suggest a few plants of structure as well. maybe a spiky pyracantha in the corner or a soft sweet climbing jasmine trachelospermum. a couple of helleborus for colour next winter? It may also be calling out for a few actual wallflower's.
Leveling off looks like the best course of action as I can use the soil to level off the lawn area on the other side of the path.
Stuart a climbing jasmine sounds nice if I can find a cheap mature one next time I'm at the garden centre
Believe it or not, my local garden centre is selling............................dandelions!!!! I was laughing too much to actually see how much they are charging, but they are in nice little 4" pots with a label and everything (perhaps I'll pop in tomorrow just to have another laugh and see how much they are!).
Quote: Believe it or not, my local garden centre is selling............................dandelions!!!! I was laughing too much to actually see how much they are charging, but they are in nice little 4" pots with a label and everything (perhaps I'll pop in tomorrow just to have another laugh and see how much they are!).
I know this sounds mad but very young dandelion leaves (i.e. picked before the plant flowers) are wonderful in salads or finely chopped and lightly fried with bacon. They are probably just selling them for culinary use because garden ones get a bit too tough to cook with.
Dont they make you wee the bed
Dandelion - a lion in a ruffle?
Quote: Dont they make you wee the bed
Only the flower bed!
wild flowers prefer poor soil... don;t spoilt them.
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