adventures in gardening

Month: May 2020

Meadow update

I planted my rectangular pot with 3 packets of seeds of wild flower meadow mix back at the beginning of April.  This may have been a bit much seed, I just can’t sow thinly!.  It doesn’t get a great deal of sun on our front step, but it is really starting to grow and I am so excited to see the flowers and colour appear.  I have thinned out some of the larger seedlings that have appeared at the front to allow the smaller ones to come through.

The plugs are also starting to establish themselves on the front lawn.  I have to keep pulling away grass around the plugs, to ensure they aren’t swamped, but they look quite content.

 

Propagation

I was lucky to get a heated propagator earlier this year and I have been putting it to good use in helping with my many seeds I have sown.   It’s amazing how much a bit of bottom heat (I know, I said bottom) and lovely bright light really helps the little seeds germinate.  I am still surprised how one tiny seed, the size of a grain of sand can grow into a large green and floral plant, it kind of blows my mind.

This year, unlike previous years I have grown all my seasonal plants from seed, which I also think really gives you a huge warm glow watching them appear from the depths of the dark compost into little plants.

The success rate has been pretty good, with the majority of seeds germinating and flourishing.  However, there were a few that didn’t do anything.  This may be down to my impatience or just my lack of previous experience.

These are some of the seeds that have done really well.
Teasel, Gaura, Nasturtium, Lychnis, Salvia, Courgette, Lupin, Antirrhinum, Cosmos, Spring onion, Wild Rocket, Sunflowers, Peppers and the tumbling Tomatoes.

If you’re new to gardening or propagation, give it a go, what is the worst that can happen? You can use a nice sunny windowsill and you’ll have lots of cheap plants that you can be proud of!

Making a garden your own

Garden design is the process and art of designing a space that not only looks pleasing to the eye, but is practical.

The first thing you need to think about, what ever the size of garden you have, (be it a small back yard or half an acre) you have the same question to answer. How do I want to use my garden?

Considering your garden as an extension to your home is a great way of thinking about it.  It shouldn’t be a dumping ground, like that cupboard everyone has in their home, where the ironing board sits alongside photo albums, old books and general clutter.  Use the space well and don’t neglect it, as a garden can bring so much joy and solace to the soul.

Once you have thought about what you want to use your space for, that’s when you can plan it successfully.  If you enjoy just sitting, either alone or with friends then make sure you have space to do so.  If you like nothing more that pottering and tinkering make sure you have plenty space and plants to do that, either making a larger flower or vegetable bed or using pots and planters.

If you are one of those people who love plants and want to encourage wildlife into your space then really think about the plants you use.  Use the motto “The right plant in the right place” and you won’t go wrong. Happy plants are healthier, grow better and bigger with more and larger flowers, they are also less likely to be affected by pests and diseases as they are stronger and more resilient.

Knowing the type of soil you have isn’t a deal breaker, but you do have to think about how shaded or sunny your garden is, if your garden is sheltered or likely to be exposed to strong winds on a daily basis.  Read up about the plants you like first to see if they will be happy in your garden.  Another good way is looking at gardens near to your home, what plants are thriving there or even in the wild.

Don’t get stressed about the perfect design, gardens evolve and you can move things about if they don’t work.  The most important thing is, you enjoy it.

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