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BIRDMATE



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:21 pm    Post subject: Wild flower garden Reply with quote

hello all had a busy weekend i have dug a 4 by 2 meter plot for a wild flower garden/mini medow. It has been such hard work moving a whole compost heap load of weeds and my back is not too pleased. i was told you can buy bulk bags of wild flower seed and so i am searching on the net for that. If anyone knowes where i can buy big bags of seed that would be helpfull. Hope all the work will be worth it Laughing
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nicola123



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the same last year, but I left the weeds in! I bought my seeds from the garden centre plus was sent some by friends too. The only problem I had with the bed was the dry hot weather last year and hose pipe ban Sad It was a joy to see though when all the flowers were up. I just hope that they have self seeded also this year..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine was only partially successful last year 'cos I used those little packets of seeds from the garden centre, and the few that grew were smothered by weeds.

Birdmate if you find out where to get big sacks from please can you let me know? cheers

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BIRDMATE - I had read about Seed Mats and a quick Google came up with these - I'm sure you would find more if you spent more time than I did. Smile Of course, I don't know what your budget is, but perhaps you could just use these for a small area to give you a bit of encouragement?

(I had to use Tiny.URLto get the first two down to a length that would work for you - the originals were very long)! I've checked them, and they work OK (for me, anyway)

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http://www.presentsdirect.com/go/Product_10707.html?categoryId=783

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MrBitsy



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: Wild flower garden Reply with quote

BIRDMATE wrote:
hello all had a busy weekend i have dug a 4 by 2 meter plot for a wild flower garden/mini medow. It has been such hard work moving a whole compost heap load of weeds and my back is not too pleased. i was told you can buy bulk bags of wild flower seed and so i am searching on the net for that. If anyone knowes where i can buy big bags of seed that would be helpfull. Hope all the work will be worth it Laughing
hope all is well with you all


A little word of warning here - try and make sure about the Oxeye Daisy content. When I seeded my meadow I used a meadow mix, but it was 90% daisy - first rain shower and the meadow just tipped over!

I have spent the last year selectivly pulling out the daisy and replanting with other wildflowers, just to get a good balance back. Not so much of a problem in a flower patch, but just be aware Smile

You can't miss with potted plants of course, but they are obviously more expensive. I have replanted most of our meadow with potted plants from Wiggly Wigglers http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/shop/foundcategory.lasso?category_id=6&-session=shopper:520A448707f5f1B906xhq1C6B8BD They are very well packed anf good quality.

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Sarah



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

There is a whole selection of wild flower ideas on this site http://www.crocus.co.uk

Put into search wild flowers and there are all sorts. I'm not sure if the amount is enough but worth a look Very Happy

Sarah
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