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  • Craig A

    Administrator
    May 10, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Mate, this looks brilliant! I’d love to have some extra space to try and create something inspired by this. I remember seeing some great arid planting in @somerset_Jungle_UK garden.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 2 weeks ago by  Craig A.
    • greatnorthernexotic

      Member
      May 10, 2023 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks! I got a lot of inspiration from Paul Spracklin in Essex who has been doing this for a couple of decades and who has given me a lot of advice. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04vwfcv His garden is on my bucket list of must-visit gardens!

  • SteveB

    Member
    May 10, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    Looks really good, I have been planning a raised dry bed for a couple of years (just finished a few weeks ago) to display my agave here in sunny East Yorkshire and save dragging them to and from the greenhouse each yearπŸ˜‚ Have you just used the pots soil to bed it in the gravel? Or added anything else?

    • greatnorthernexotic

      Member
      May 11, 2023 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Steve. Yes I’ve just planted them, pot substrate and all, straight into pure gravel. Most were already in a free-draining mix that I potted them in to last year. A couple of plants I bought recently were in what I’d consider to be too organic substrate, but when planted in to pure gravel I don’t think it will adversely affect them.

      • SteveB

        Member
        May 11, 2023 at 5:43 pm

        πŸ‘will post when I get them in

  • SteveB

    Member
    May 26, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Got the gravel bed planted up this week. It has a base of crushed brick and about 200mm of gravel. I raised the planting to try and create some interest. I found the gravel and rocks on gumtree free to collect it’s a great way to save a few quid (plant money)πŸ€ͺπŸ‘

    • Craig A

      Administrator
      May 27, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      Stunning! Seeing all these arid spiky beds is really making me want one πŸ˜‚

      • SteveB

        Member
        May 29, 2023 at 9:41 am

        Perhaps until it’s time to build the winter protection πŸ€ͺπŸ”¨πŸ’·πŸ’·πŸ’·

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