Flower Box - Nowhere near as good as last year!
I am new to the gardening world but i am trying my hand on some basics and just making the garden look brighter.
Last year, i built the pictured garden box to place over an area of bare and solid soil. It has a membrane lining with holes in for drainage. Last year i planted some standard bedding plants and the lavender bush you will see at the back left. Whilst theblavender bush didnt bloom it remained green and has since grown a lot, with limitrd watering. The bedding plants bloomed very well and the box looked spot on, for a first timer.
This year i have planted some bulbs (the long stems in the picture) and some fresh bedding plants. But i kept the soil in from last year, just adding fish blood and bone meal when planting, but the plants do not seem to be doing anywhere near as well as last year, in fact they look like they are struggling, the lav still hasnt bloomed and the bulbs are not blooming yet, even though i plantedtl them over 6 weeks ago.
Can anyone give me any pointers? It feels like im am fighting a losing battle at the mo!