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Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
We have a few wild flower patches in our garden and field.  The first picture shows a field that has been mechanically sown.  The 2nd. picture is annual seed sown last Spring, so flowering for the second year.  The 3rd picture was plugs planted over the winter and spring using seed I had collected last summer and the last picture shows seed sown this past Autumn and winter.  They are so different in their growing habits, and so far the plug planted patch has the strongest growth. It is difficult to compare them when they all have different types of plants.  What do you think?Above the field that was prepared (scarifying etc) and sown by machine.Above the soil was dug over, not very deeply and sown Spring 2018Above, plug plants which were well established and then some seed scattered between the plugs this Spring. The soil was well dug over two or three times.Seed sown last Autumn. Again the soil was dug over before sowing.

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  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    They all look fantastically rich in species, and look great. Hard to compare as you say, but I imagine plugs establish quicker, but I guess they will even out over time 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    All beautiful,   The top 2 pictures seems to have most of the same plants, more variety in the bottom ones.
    Would Ragged Robin suit in there? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
    Thanks, it was an interesting experiment and well worth doing.  We are lucky to have the space and I am so pleased that we did it, even though it wasn't me doing the digging (OH), but I collected and dried the seed, grew the plugs and drove the project.  There is Ragged Robin in the plug plant section Lyn.  They are quite small this year, but should grow bigger and re-seed for next year. I have white and pink flowered varieties.I think they might be just visible above here in the front.  They are quite small, pale pink flowers. There is also borage, foxgloves, teasel, knapweed scabious, about 20 - 30 varieties of plants in this plug plant section.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Looks like my garden borders,  lots of wild flowers taking over. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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