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Will the veg plot be ready to use when you take it over or does it need a bit of work?
I think your moving date is fine - as long as you can get into that greenhouse straight away.
In that situation I'd start tomatoes and courgettes/squashes off just before you move, so they can go into the greenhouse when you get there, and get your potatoes chitted so they're ready to plant when you arrive.
Most other things can be sown directly into the soil - they'll not suffer any setback from planting out and will soon catch up with things that are started off early - I'm a great believer in direct sowing if you have the space in the veg plot.
Simon being an old gardener with old fashioned ways I would plant the good old spud they will more or less grow in any soil with a bit of help. Good luck wi yer new garden.
It would be grat to see some photos of your new garden when you get there!
Sounds wonderful Simon! It is always a good idea to wait for a full year before making any major changes to the borders so you can see what appears - you may have some great and/or expensive plants in there. Folk on this forum will love identifying anything that comes up and you're not sure of.
Do you have to replace the buddleias? Do you know what colour they are yet? I think I'd be inclined to prune hard the moment you move in (it's better to prune end Feb/March), let the bees enjoy the flowers this summer, and then make a decision about removal. It sounds as though you have plenty of space to plant another one elsewhere, if you want to. Anyway, you'll have enough to do with all the other gardening jobs on top of settling in to your new home, without digging up two budleias as well! Pruning is easier.
Your excitement about your new garden is almost tangible! Looking forward to reading more in April.
Exciting project Simon and I wish you all the best
I inherited a very large white buddleia when I moved in here last year and it's getting moved to another area as part of my garden plan (and also because it's in the way of the forthcoming extension!) so perhaps we could compare notes
I've also taken cuttings of mine so perhaps you could also do that later in case they don't survive the move.
Good luck with it all. How exciting! I find April is a pretty good month for sowing in the veg garden. Hopefully it will have dried out a bit and the ground will be warming up. Potatoes, peas, spinach, beetroot, carrots, parsnips and more can be sown in the ground. Runner beans and French beans can be started in the greenhouse. I would buy little plants of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes for planting out in May after the frosts.
Sensible to leave the flower borders for this year until you know what's what, but you could have annuals in pots for colour.
Buddleias can be pruned very hard, but they will still make a lot of growth and become pretty big again.
Simon, cut the buddleias down to knee height about now and give them a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone and you'll be well rewarded.
How close to the conservatory is the one you're worried about?
In 50+ years of gardening I've never met a garden buddleia whose roots damaged a building.
The only ones I know that have done that are the ones that grow from seeds blown in the wind which take root in cracks in mortar and on rooftops.