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long,narrow bed

Posted by zzcooper 5a (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 17, 04 at 14:03

I have a long(65 ft) and narrow (5 ft) amended, heavy clay bed next to an east facing ( good AM sun) foundation. For some reason planted annuals do poorly there. I was thinking of seeded annuals this year. Would like density and long blooming. Any suggestions? Annual mix in a can?


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RE: long,narrow bed

Can't make recommendations, 'cause I live in a warmer place, BUT:

My "garden mix in a can" turned out to be stuff that died & stuff that was invasive.

Just a thought: would bulbs work?


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You might get more help if you posted in the forum for gardening in your state, garden clinic, or annuals.

best luck.

sylvia


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RE: long,narrow bed

I have heavy, horribly alkaline clay too. Most of my annuals haven't worked really well except for my cleomes. I found a scabiosa, though, (dumped out on an empty lot--can you imagine!?) that worked really well. My best guess is it's 'butterfly blue.' Good luck.


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RE: long,narrow bed

Probably one of the best things you can do is amend the soil with compost, leaves, etc. to lighten up the soil. That way anything you plant will do better. I've had the same problem with the soils next to the house, which were full of back fill and gravel from building.


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RE: long,narrow bed

Thanks for the responses. Up to this point I have been spading in bark mulch every year. Just read an article saying turning the soil destroys the " fungal network". This year I'm trying seeding directly into 2-4 " of pure compost.


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