Container planting, seed sowing and potting on at The Garden House, Brighton February 11 2015

Another fantastic day of gardening activities at Wednesday Gardening Group at The Garden House.
Today we sowed some herbs, planted some containers and potted on some succulents. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with these amazing brownies made by Deborah which we made short work of demolishing. They contained blueberries so as Barbara pointed out, constituted one of our 5-a-day. Good to know that Deborah and Bridge have our welfare in mind.

 
The herbs were sown into seed modules filled with a mixture of half and half vermiculite and compost (we should’ve used perlite but got mixed up - it doesn't matter too much though). They’re both used to improve moisture retention and aeration in soil and both absorb water, but perlite absorbs air too and dries out quicker than vermiculite. These are mixed in with the compost because seeds actually don’t need a nutrient rich soil to germinate. All the goodness and energy needed for the initial stage of growth is already contained within the seed itself. Yes, this blows my mind too. We sowed a selection of herbs; coriander, red giant mustard, savory and a few lettuce as well. These were then watered in and moved to the potting shed to germinate.

      Sowing herb seeds. What You Sow at The Garden House       Sowing herb seeds. What You Sow at The Garden House

Here we are, Generation Game style, sowing seeds into the trays. 

Sowing herb seeds. What You Sow at The Garden House

We all got involved in a bit of container planting, placing crocks at the bottom of each one to aid drainage, using a potting mix of half-half vermiculite and compost (correctly this time) and then choosing a selection of spring flowers and bulbs to make a display. 

Planting bulbs in containers. What You Sow at The Garden House
      Planting bulbs in containers. What You Sow at The Garden House

We chose from iris, hyacinths, muscari, ivy, primula and Ro and Patti planted some rosemary in a very special pot given to Bridge by a dear friend of hers who passed away just before Christmas.  

Planting bulbs in containers. What You Sow at The Garden House               Planting bulbs in containers. What You Sow at The Garden House

The containers were covered with moss or gravel to help with water retention and to make them look pretty.

Planting bulbs in containers. What You Sow at The Garden House

Planting bulbs in containers. What You Sow at The Garden House

Last autumn we took leaf cuttings of different succulents (echeveria) and now that they have grown roots it was time for a few of us to pot them on into slightly bigger pots. Some went into cardboard plant pots and some into the tiny paper pots we made a few weeks ago with the paper pot maker. Look at them. They are so adorable they almost made me cry. These are so easy to propagate, I recommend that you try some yourself. These plants don’t like much moisture and are less hardy than the houseleeks/ sempervivum that we planted on the green roof a few weeks ago so mine are going to stay in pots indoors.

Echeveria in Paper Pots. What You Sow at The Garden House

Echeveria in Paper Pots. What You Sow at The Garden House

Echeveria in Paper Pots. What You Sow at The Garden House

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