Garden Log 2014-15

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Farhan Ahmed
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Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Farhan Ahmed » September 12th, 2014, 8:37 pm

Hello Again, With another Fall-Spring edition of my gardening endeavor. Temperatures are steadily improving, hence spade work has begun.

Update Till Now!
Cleaning and preparation of border was undertaken fortnight back. Ground is ready for habitants; however, temperatures are still on the higher side for all out sowing. Intense heat took its toll on nanthra, which required extensive pampering for revival. Self-seeded Heleniums and hollies signal that some species could be sown; therefore part sowing activity was undertaken in first week of September.

Broad Plan
1. No F-2/heirloom species
2. Selected and very few taller species such as hollyhocks and sweet peas etc, more reliance on dwarf/medium height plants due winter rain damage.
3. More reliance on hardy, proven and common species for comparatively easier scheme. Will make it interesting by trying out more novel varieties of such common species such as for nasturtiums, poppies and dahlias.
4. Re-attempt with last year’s successes.
5. Better planting scheme with more focus on height and color.
6. 30-40% effort for new species.
7. Focus on bulbs especially anemone and rununculus.

Seed and sowing media procurement must be at the forefront for all.

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Izhar » September 13th, 2014, 9:29 am

Great... the most anticipated thread of the season is about to start..!!!

Farhan, have you experimented by mixing pure peat in any of your annual bed?

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Farhan Ahmed » September 13th, 2014, 6:00 pm

No.
I think considering the scale of a garden and henceforth the additive required, such experiment would not only be costly but temporary as well.
What do you want to achieve by such addition? Moisture retention, PH or porosity?

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Izhar » September 13th, 2014, 10:07 pm

I used it in my gardenias and they loved it... i bought a 300 liter bag from Pride Seeds Lahore, still about 250 liters remaining... it softens the soil and pH become 6.0 - 6.5 range... now i intent to use it in my annual beds as well...

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Farhan Ahmed » September 14th, 2014, 9:02 am

300 L bag generally has 30-40 kg media

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Syed Adnan » September 14th, 2014, 12:34 pm

Last year i manage to reduce PH of my containers with vinegar, it worked well. Fast and easier way that will not disturb soil and plant.

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by khabbab » September 15th, 2014, 7:54 pm

Good to see you back Farhan :)
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http://www.lahoregardening.com

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Farhan Ahmed » September 16th, 2014, 8:58 pm

Something worth trying this spring.
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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Mustansir Billah » September 16th, 2014, 11:27 pm

And They are too much beautiful too...

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Re: Garden Log 2014-15

Post by Tahir Khan » September 16th, 2014, 11:36 pm

This is a climbing variety right ? with marbled foliage

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