Narrow bed sowing in the sun

Restored bench with new armrests - and some chalk artwork

Restored bench with new armrests - and some chalk artwork

What a lovely bank holiday Saturday afternoon. We opened up the garden and it was full of families of all ages enjoying the sun - and even the log circle.

One family played with the chalks on the path too.


Two new slow-rot bins next to the compost bins - restored bench and hatstands too

Two new slow-rot bins next to the compost bins - restored bench and hatstands too

We continued to sort out the wood and moved two pallet crates next to the compost heaps to use as slow-rot bins - when filled with twiggy materials, we think they could be good habitats for amphibians and also maybe a hedgehog.


We used one packet per long narrow bed, sown in two drills so we can weed more easily. We will expect some of last year's Emorsgate cornfield meadow to germinate too - so we can leave those seeds. Not so keen on the sow thistles though. You can see the new path is full of flowers seedlings - they are where we had a haystack over the winter - it inhibited the grass.

We used one packet per long narrow bed, sown in two drills so we can weed more easily. We will expect some of last year's Emorsgate cornfield meadow to germinate too - so we can leave those seeds. Not so keen on the sow thistles though. You can see the new path is full of flowers seedlings - they are where we had a haystack over the winter - it inhibited the grass.

We also tried out sowing the narrow beds with Grow Wild annual and perennial mix. We have lots of this spare and offered it to anyone who had some 'bare earth' at home - rather a low hit rate so far...


The soil in this bed has a layer of leafmould compost - a different kind of lumpy.

The soil in this bed has a layer of leafmould compost - a different kind of lumpy.

We also sowed one bed with about 2/3rds of a small pack of the Botanic Garden's (BG) bee-friendly mix (Throw to grow, from Moles Seeds - they sell it in the BG shop). 

This has lots of phacelia in it. It seemed to 'go over' quite quickly at the BG but is close to the place where the nature pond will be dug so it could be good to have something temporary there.


A rather basic sowing kit - plus a bucket for weeds, gloves and a rake. Shallow olive tubs are just right for mixing the seeds and sowing from.

A rather basic sowing kit - plus a bucket for weeds, gloves and a rake. Shallow olive tubs are just right for mixing the seeds and sowing from.

The earth is a bit lumpy with grass roots but we did our best with a (rather vintage) rake, made two shallow drills (with a stick) either side of a central twine line, which we marked with short sticks, plastic labels from milk bottles and also some chalkboard signs.

We had to pause at one point because it got a bit gusty for fine seeds.

It is recommended to use horticultural sand to pad out the seeds for easier planting - we didn't have any, so we used (organic) dried seaweed powder, which is fine and a bit green. Using a plastic spoon about four teaspoons of seaweed is good for a couple of long drills. We covered them (to keep the birds off) and watered them in a bit.

We have lots more beds to sow - hopefully with the Sunday afternoon gardening group tomorrow.

We were also visited by about nine baby blackbirds - hopefully looking for worms and not our Pictorial Meadow seeds, which seem to be germinating quite well. And robins bouncing about...