since i had loads of casualties among the seedlings
through winter, and beds almost empty for 2 years, i had a tendency to crowd
them a lot when planting after germination, the dead ones giving enough space to
But now i have improved my heavy clay with sand and
organic mater, the babies have resisted better, so there will be lots of pulling
to do in order to giving the better ones space enough and grow a second
Still, i don't regret this crowded technique, it
saves a lot of room, and since only the better ones get replanted after 2 years,
i can plant masses of germinated seedlings in a small space because it is only
for 2 years. And if ever a couple are really too crowded, they get lined up one
year before the others.
So, they are planted every 10cm, and there is only
20cm between rows, just enough to put a foot from time to time when
weeding or pollinating.
It is intensive planting!
Mind you, since i don't cross TB X TB, my babies
need less room, the biggest being TB X MTB, and the smallest MDB X
Has the snow gone, in your
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 7:27
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB general
view of the garden
Thanks for sharing photos of your garden. It is nice to see any
sign of spring. What is the spacing between your seedlings, both between
plants and between rows?
From: loic tasquier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sat, March 5, 2011 7:56:00
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB
general view of the garden
Believe it or not, after 3 months of non-stop
freeze, the irises are still alive and almost kicking :
Except the seeds that are still sound asleep in
their pots, everything is starting to grow!
Is that what is called Spring, at