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Garden beds and flower seeds to grow in Oct

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  1. Mane

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    Hi

    We have recently put togethe reclaimed bricks garden path with idea one side of path will be used for flower bedding.

    I think I have realised now plants are over our budget as we have lot of area to cover.

    Is it possible we can seed flower plants directly in Sept/Oct and then wait for next year to grow.


    Would you recommend any link which seeds to buy and how to grow them?

    Thanks for all help.
     
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      Hiya Mane :)

      Excellent brick path. I like it :)

      Its not the right time to sow seeds direct there. You could look at the seed catalogues to order seed for sowing in spring to produce lots of colour at low cost. I would always have cosmos because the foliage is attractive and will flower all summer.
      Have fun choosing annuals you like too.

      However, how about adding a climber when funds allow? A perennial plant or two to plant among the annuals? You can then spread the cost to gradually build up a more permanent border. Do you have friends and family who can give you cuttings or divisions of perennial plants you like to, again, infill with your seed sown annuals?:)
       
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      If you've got potting soil and seeds, you can start your plants from seeds over the winter months. Any small container will do.
       
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        Now is the perfect time to sow annuals which will flower earlier than Spring sown plants.

        Larkspur, Echium, Poppy, Calendula, candytuft, Antirrhinum, Limnanthes and many more can all be sown outdoors now where they are to flower.

        If you can provide some shelter you can also sow Sweet Peas now which would climb the fence next summer.
         
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          Thanks.


          Any idea where to buy these seeds? Local garden or internet?


          There were few baby weeds so I treated area with weed killer yesterday so I need to wait for a week before I seed.
           
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          Where to get seeds? Apparently wyevale have started their seed sale, all packets for 50p. Have a look if you have one nearby. Or maybe Wilkos? The advantage of seeing the seed packets is ease of comparison. Also, if you see someone keenly rummaging through baskets of seed packets, there's a good chance they know what they are looking for. A little question/comment "yikes, it's hard to choose, isn't it? We're just starting a new flowerbed, and I've no idea..." so many experienced gardeners love to help. You may be talking to a new friend!

          "There were a few baby weeds, so I treated the area with weedkiller". Ok, so you are new to gardening.... but the best way to learn about plants is to get on your hands and knees and handle them, rather than reach for the weedkiller. Sorry, I don't want to sound critical, but if there are "baby" weeds growing, then they should come up easily by hand. Then you can put the pulled out weeds to an out-of-the-way part of the garden, starting your own compost heap. Add any veg peelings you have from the kitchen, grass cuttings, coffee grounds, and you are making your own soil improver for next year. (Sorry, I'm a bit of a compost enthusiast!)
          Also, if you are sowing seeds soon, it will be helpful to be able to recognise the weed seedlings that are coming up in the cleared ground. Because they will continue coming up after the seeds have been sown.
          (This is why it is recommended so sow seeds in straight lines, even if you want an informal look, so in-the-line probably = sown seed, out-of-the-line = weed).
          Some of the seedlings that are coming up may not be weeds at all, but seedlings from the neighbours garden, that you've been admiring....

          Seriously, talking to friends and neighbours who have plants that you like the look of is a good way to grow your garden quickly. Plants, if they are growing well, often benefit from being divided, so you will be amazed at how many plants may come your way as freebies. The advantages of this, apart from being free !!, is that you know they grow well in your local soil, they are adapted to the local conditions, and they are probably going to flower for you next year....
           
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            Appreciate your help and ideas to learn
             
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