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No idea about the onions, but the wheelbarrow should look lovely with some cottage garden plants in, maybe some pinks, wallflowers, sweet williams and snapdragons, and some trailing plants like lobelia or fuchsias cascading over the sides. Remember to drill some holes in the bottom so it doesn't get waterlogged - hoping we don't have a deluge like this year, but hope for the best, plan for the worst.
Hi, poor fellow, I guess he means well!
Perhaps you could put the wheelbarrow at the back, drill some holes in the bottom, fill it with compost, and plant your onions in it, spaced about 10cm apart.
Buy some plastic troughs and fill them with potting compost. Plant sets, fairly close together, water regularly and feed with tomorite or somesuch as you go. You may not get giant onions but you will get a crop of worthwhile onions. This method is easy since it is space saving, you can move them around to suit weather etc. and weeding is a doddle.
Tell BF he is a genius and say welcome to gardening. Then give him all the jobs you are not very keen on.
Treat yourself to a new washing-up bowl. Then you can use the old one for your onion sets!
* Red Dahlia * wrote (see)
I have 2 long troughs I put bedding plants in and I may use them then I can hide them away or move with the weather. I do like his new enthusiasm.
It's all about training 'em RD..my recent OH liked multicoloured pots of pansies. Soon got him out of that Not that I don't like pansies but the pots were too small and all spread out so I gradually moved it up a gear or two.. and got them all one colour and in big pots. We always had a laugh about it though. He liked cutting ...grass/hedges etc so he got on with that quite happily. The house we bought together had masses of grass and hedges but we did it together and were a good team. I miss that. Your hostas in the barrow sounds a good compromise!
You make me smile Red Dhalia. It reminds me of when I got my first garden (this one) 40 years ago. I felt like I was in a gardeners' paradise!My OH was very keen to contribute and used to arrive home with gifts for 'our' garden, some very inappropiate! He even went wild with the hoe and destroyed the young plants with the weeds Luckily the enthusiasm wore off very quickly as things did not happen fast enough
I am sure your man loves the garden too so do encourage him and give him lots of things to do(that you do not like) and you will have plenty of free time to top up on your tan etc.ENJOY.
RD you make me chuckle. My OH fains disintrest, gave me front garden, wouldn't let me mow lawn in back garden. I got rid of lawn and patioed it. He would'nt care for lavender hedges as they are in front and therefore mine - until now 4 years later when they are sizable and i mentioned buying a strimmer.
I love repurposing stuff, wanting to grow onions and having a barrow it seems obvious to use the barrow to grow onions.
i'm still working on OH with repurposing and building things. His recycling is much better though.
WW is so right. When my garden patio work was finished OH was keen as mustard and followed direction very well not been in it since!
Its my thing though (dont want him out here) and the only thing i want from him is for him to enjoy the garden. i want him to be able to sit and relax in it. that would be the best compliment for me.
well you should have access to some pretty good manure.