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04/11/2013 at 21:22

We moved here two years ago - before that we spent a few years in a city Victorian terrace with a tiny north-facing garden just like your daughter's - it can be a challenge but we grew runner beans, strawberries, courgettes, tomatoes, salads and herbs, as well as climbing and rambling roses, clematis, foxgloves, astrantias, honeysuckles, ferns and lily of the valley amongst other things - and we had a tiny pond which the frogs found 

As I said it was a challenge, and after a while I was desperate to move here to a bigger garden, but I did love that little patch 

14/11/2013 at 22:50

Hi All

Just thought I'd say hi ... I'm new here and it seems only polite to introduce myself before I start pumping you all for info, advice, inspiration, and maybe some hand holding when things get tough.

So, hi.  I'm Steph.  Pleased to be here. 

I previously had a courtyard type, container garden, for about 10 years - it did quite well, tho more by luck than judgement I have to say.  I've also been an armchair gardener (TV and mags) for years, and now I have my very own real garden!

In fact I have two ... eeek!

Front garden - small but very sunny and often windy.  Currently a small lawn, small patio area and two small borders - neglected.  Plan = not a clue yet.

Back garden - odd shaped, neglected, basically a deciduous woodland, lots of tree roots in the erm, 'lawn', whichis a bit boggy in places.  I'm told there is not a great deal of soil, but what would I know??  It's acidic, I think, because I've got a few acid lovers that seem to be thriving - ie they are  totally overgrown.  It needs patios sorting, a new base for the shed, and one for my new greenhouse (purchased second hand and needs putting back together ... eeek again).  Also, it needs paths putting in, and seating areas, some parts even need excavating!  Plan = BIG.


So, as I said, I'm probably going to need some support with my new adventure, so I imagine I'll be around a fair bit.  Looking forward to meeting you all in due course.

Thanks- Steph  


18/01/2014 at 13:54

Perhaps I too should introduce myself, although I have been seeking advice in the veg and fruit thread for a little while.

During the war when I was very tiny I was sent to a progressive co-ed school called Long Dene which was housed in Chiddingstone Castle;  which is now one of the gardens you can get two for one tickets for.  I was taught gardening at that school (and not much else), we grew all the vegetables possible and ate all of them, except the potatoes, raw.  I have loved gardening ever since, where ever I have lived I have created some kind of garden with space for fruit and veg, even if grown on a tiny patio or balcony, in containers.  I lived in Indiana USA for ten years, gardening there was a real challenge with winters that got 22 below freezing and summers that got up to 40 frequently and  with unbearable humidity. Basil grew 4' tall lush and rampant, no stopping it; likewise Busy Lizzies self seeding coming back each year bigger and higher than the year before.

Now I live in East Sussex and have lovely manageable garden, half of which is a kitchen garden where I grow all the vegetables to supply two of my children and their families' who live near by. This makes me a very happy and active grandmother who is still learning more and more how to garden!    

05/02/2014 at 13:35

I have been reading a great book called the kitchen herb garden by Maureen little, it has great advice on planting herbs, recipes and ways of storing them-a good read! this weekend will be spent dismantling my garden fences here in Devon which have been hit by these strong winds! anyone else's garden more water than soil right now?

27/03/2014 at 23:15

Hello everyone

I too have been here for a week or two, but only just found this thread,  So hello

I help with three gardens (beside my own pathetic little back yard); I get paid (till they find out I really don't know all that much) to run one at a sort of hostel for homeless/recovering addicts/ex-offenders and try (ha ha) to get them involved; I also help with the garden at a one-man monastery (don't ask) and have my own (sort of) allotment on the same site.

My background is in Biology but mostly not botany so although I know some of the theory it doesn't often help much!

There's not a lot nicer (is there?) than coming home with a bunch of stuff you've just harvested and turning it into a meal!  Unless it's eating a ripe strawberry straight off the plant......

Anyway, here I am and I shall be asking for advice (and no doubt dispensing some of dubious value) until I find something better to do.  Seems like a nice place so far!

27/03/2014 at 23:23

Hi Steve

28/03/2014 at 05:36

Welcome Steve 

28/03/2014 at 08:33
Jumbo56 wrote (see) other query is that my hubby refuses to change from Tetley teabags, which I find annoyingly uncompostable, and have resorted to taking the one worm from each bag, and putting the composted tea in the compost and throwing the bag away.  Does anyone else have problems with tea bags, or is it something peculiar to my compost?

 I've had this too.  Some types are obviously made of plastic, others of paper.  I s'pose you just have to keep trying till you find ones that rot.  If you're reduced to tearing open teabags to get at the compost I think you need another source of compost material!

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