14 Comments

  1. Julia Briggs
    January 28, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

    Thank you, my seeds arrived today, I love your packaging! I also love the fact that you put a hand-written letter inside, so personal! Lovely to deal with such a good company! Looking forward to seeing lots of colour in the Summer.

  2. Gill Forrester
    May 11, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Hello Ben.

    I wish I had read your list before I threw my seeds in “willy nilly” in a random fashion…..I have lots of little seedlings coming up around my perennials, but until they flower, I have no idea what’s going to have flowers and what’s a weed!

    I WILL remember this point next year ;)

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  5. clare
    October 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    brilliant post! very informative. i have managed to convince my hubby that as we arent doing the driveway on the front garden till next autumn at least i can have a cutting patch on the south facing front garden! plus still gonna have a patch out the back too. whoop whoop bring on spring!

  6. Julie Stewart
    October 18, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    Hi Ben. Seeds arrived today. Shall probably wait until May before sowing and (after reading your advice) in straight lines. I have enough seeds for my plot and the garden (shall be digging up the lawn). Hurry up spring x

  7. Chris
    October 17, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Higgledy Ben, in the picture with ‘Harry twelve hats’ it looks like you’ve sown in blocks not rows. I’ve sown mine in rows but just realised that I need to make sure the inner row is now going to be shorter flowers than the outer rows. This is a cunning plan of yours to sow the same in each row/patch – I like it!

    • Ben
      October 17, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      they are still in rows…ie there are three rows going through the bed but I have different varieties in them. In fact most of that lot were started undercover…certainly the rudbeckia and the dahlias etc….but then I plant them out in exactly the same rows as I would have sown them…if you see what i mean…when plants get big it is impossible to see they started life in rows. :)

  8. Caroline
    October 17, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    Great advice as always Ben … I didn’t know about the nitrogen bit, so you are a world dominating flower grower AND a geek … Swoon ( !!!!)

    • Ben
      October 17, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      I do my best…. ;)

  9. elaine
    October 16, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    Great post with sound advice – thank you. Will you be doing a post later about a good selection to carry us through from early summer to late autumn (not too difficult to grow ones, that is). I will be giving up one of my veg beds next year to devote to cut flowers now that I no longer have an allotment so the space will be limited.

    • Ben
      October 17, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

      pretty much everything I sell will go from early…or mid summer through until the frosts…but I shall be adding posts all winter long…it keeps me from mischief… ;)

  10. Mary Hamblyn
    October 16, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Great post, Benjamin. You have inspired me! I am just trying to figure out where we could fit a cutting garden for next year…

    • Ben
      October 17, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

      Dig up the lawn….lawns are soooooooo last year.