Woodland Wonder

Aster divaricatus now Eurybia divaricata but if you like you can still call it a Wood Aster. I love this little plant it’s what’s known as a good doer, and as its common name will tell you it’s not averse to growing in a bit of shade.  Aster divaricata now Eurybia divaricata common name Wood Aster

Aster divaricata now Eurybia divaricata

We sourced this beauty for a client in Much Marcle, Hereford who was looking to add some interest to a shadier part of the garden. Shade loving plants have a tendency to be earlier flowering so to have something flowering in August and September is a great addition to a woodland border.

Wood Aster
Eurybia divaricata formerly Aster divaricata

If you’re a neat freak you can cut it back in late autumn, however, I would urge you to leave it standing until it becomes too irritating to bear as the Goldfinches seem to rather enjoy the seeds.

 

 

How To Make a Turf Stack

Firstly I suppose you might ask Why make a turf stack never mind How. Well lovely reader I shall answer that very question. Never will you be able to find as crumbly and gorgeous a loam as can be found in a well rotted turf stack. As it’s made from your own soil it contains all the micro lovelies peculiar to your garden. Also as the grass in the stack composts it adds organic matter, which these beneficial soil microorganisms feast upon making the soil you produce in your stack the healthiest you and your plants could wish for. So if you’re thinking of extending your borders or changing the shape of your lawn, read on. If not, read on anyway, who knows it may come in useful one day. A few things to remember before you start. Firstly not everybody thinks of a turf stack as thing of beauty, so as it will take a couple of years before you can use the soil it’s probably best to tuck it away out of plain sight. Secondly to all intents and purposes you are building a soil structure so to make it stable start with a square base, stagger the joints of the turf as you stack them and *batter the face of the stack. 1 Start your stack by placing the turf grass side down. Vergette Ltd Garden Design How to build a turf stack 1 2 The next layer of turf is placed grass side up Vergette Ltd Garden Design How to Build a Turf Stack 2 3 Repeat Vergette Ltd Garden Design How to Build a Turf Stack 3 4 Cover to exclude light. 5 Wait for 1-2 years and hey presto, loam such as dreams are made of. * I don’t mean cover with a mix of flour and water and deep fry, merely that each turf is set back slightly from the one below.