Planning ahead...sure we're all good at it...right??...Wrong, we all get carried away in the here and th e now and we always forget to plan ahead, well Sweet Williams don't come in the here and the now and you have to plan ahead for these bad boys. As old as the hills, most folks will mind they're mams or dads growing these, or even grandpa but they're magical and well worth a try...why? beacause they're wonderfully scented and provided great colour in the garden in early summer....but you'd wannae get the finger out....
Sweet Williams make a great cut flower, and are great at attracting beneficial insects and polinators to the fruit and vegetable garden....Get a packet of seeds (in any gardend centre) and sow a coupel of seeds to a cell in a seed tray (we've some here sown 2 weeks ago by a city and guilds level 2 class), the reason we sow these fellows now is that in their first year they grow into wee bushy plants and then in their second year they flower on and on and on...
After 8 weeks you'll have plants which look like these (these have been potted into bigger cells and then bigger pots this week), these will be ready to plant out in a few weeks , they'll sit handy in the garden or in pots all winter and then flower next April-June in the garden, and if we cut the flowers regularly they shoudl flowers for 3-4 years before they become exhausted...so 70 plants for a £1.29 pack of seeds....happy days!!
a classical example of a good or beneficial bug is the humble ladybird....seen ehere amongst some lettuce...each ladybird equals 2000 less greenfly....so good bugs are great to have and save you a lot of hassle...so its well worth planting or sowing a few seeds for plants which will help bring these wee guys (or ladies) in the garden...enjoy!
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