Regular readers may remember seeing photographs of the lavender hedges that I have planted around a couple of our fruit beds.
I planted two sides of each hedge about six years ago using small plants raised from cuttings that I took from plants that I had originally grown from seeds collected from a couple of plants in the garden. The hedges really came about as I needed somewhere to plant all the lavenders that I had ended up with.
At the time I only had enough plants to edge two sides of each bed but recently I have raised more plants from cuttings to add to the hedge.
The only maintenance I have carried our is to clip the hedge every year and remove (or try to) the grass that has infiltrated the space between the plants. I'm hoping the weed control fabric used with the latest plantings helps to prevent this.
With this in mind you can see why I was interested when on last week's Gardeners' World, Monty Don described how he was going to plant a lavender hedge.
He was planting on heavy clay like me and so he had to improve the drainage by adding lots of sharp sand. He also suggested planting in a raised mound again to improved drainage.
He seemed to go to a lot of trouble planting his hedge. So how did I plant mine? I just dug a hole in the clay soil and popped a plant in. The plants didn't seem to mind that I had not gone to a lot of trouble and the bees seem to approve of the end result.
There is a piece of the hedge that is becoming straggly so I need to take and grow on more cuttings.
So when it comes to replanting will I do it the correct way? No- I'll do it my way