Sunday, 16 October 2016

Potting bareroot herbaceous

After receiving some bareroot herbaceous Hemerocallis from one of my favourite suppliers, Pollieslillies, the next step was to pot them up.

As with my sowing Autumn sweet pea seeds, I created a short two minute video clip on it. Buying plants bareroot like this in the Autumn or Spring is a great way of increasing your range of plants, and one not used as often as it should be.

Watch the video here:

You can see that I potted them into 5 litre pots using my own mix of topsoils, sieved garden compost, grit and some organic fertiliser. Once the potting was completed I placed them into a nice sheltered position, and as the winter sets in I'll probably bring them under cover of a coldframe just to keep them a touch comfortable over winter.

Wait until you see, the Spring will come around in no time and by midsummer there will be an abundance of flowers to enjoy. 

Happy gardening.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Autumn sowing sweet pea, video clip

Stop by my YouTube channel and see how I've sown sweet pea seeds this Autumn for a show early next summer:

Happy gardening

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Seed Trek, the next generation

'That's so cool', was exclaimed by the teenager as she opened the horse chestnut capsule to find the seed, or 'conkers' as they are often referred to, inside. She spent some moments examining them remarking about their texture and weight.

As we searched the ground for more, we had some discussion on what uses they might have, from children playing with them to being down as seed, and even eaten in some places (once they're treated properly). 

I didn't go on to bore her with lots of horticultural knowledge about the plants, growing them, etc. Instead, I simply suggested we'll sow some of them over the weekend to grow some trees of our own. 

Of course this wasn't her first introduction to these. As a child she did all the usual school activities and of course having me as a father meant plenty of expeditions on walks, or into woods. The difference now though, is this is teenager showing her own interest.

For me, getting the next generation interested in horticulture and gardening isn't about pushing it at them and saying they have to. It's availing of opportunities to open the doors of knowledge and know-how. Sometimes they walk through the door curious to find out more. Sometimes they don't, and that's okay too. I think our role, as gardeners and horticulturalists, is to cultivate the interest people show, at what ever level (and age) they're at. 

Yesterday evening pictures of the seeds were distributed on Facebook, SnapChart, etc. At one point there was a comment about 'you're Dad is so cool'. 

Yup, I sure am ... Lol

Happy Gardening.