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Latest posts by artjak

what decade is your garden?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 10:39

Zoomer 44, I believe Chelsea Flower Show is allowing gnomes in for the first time. I don't have either decking or a 'water feature'. As regards fashion, I don't read any gardening magazines or colour supplements, I just buy what I like. I sometimes go to gardening shows where you can learn what is currently available, but often they are sadly too large for my little plot.

The human ideal of beauty changes from decade to decade, so clothes from the eighties look a bit naff now and I guess gardens and interiors do the same. But with a very few tweaks a garden can be made to look up to date - if you want it to.

So my current theme is to de-clutter, have fairly clean lines but with loads of plants spilling over those parameters.

Veg beds at front - how to make them attractive

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 10:24

I think my brain just rolled over and is playing dead Figrat I think you are brilliant for sorting this out for Red Dahlia.

I would be a bit wary about a greenhouse right up against the pavement. I'm sure most of the local children are well behaved, but all you need is for one summer, one child goes off the rails a bit and you could have broken windows or stolen produce. I went through 2 summers of hell about 9 years ago when a local boy encouraged loads of other kids to throw stones in my garden, even when my builder was standing there with his 6'4" 20 stone son! I had to get the police to warn them off. Of course the boy grew up and went on to other things and there are no problems now.

Weeds from next door

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 18:16

My builder, who was brilliant, 12 years ago did put DPC plastic right up against the concrete gravel boards but the blasted weeds come through any gap, including holes that I've cut so that I can plant things along the fence to soften the lines of it. I chose to live here because I love the view, so I shouldn't really whinge about a few weeds. I only posted the details to explain to Lyn that living surrounded by fields does have its' drawbacks.

Veg beds at front - how to make them attractive

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 18:07

Red D. I am sure one of the technocrats can help you.

Veg beds at front - how to make them attractive

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 17:12

How about some photos of the front garden; it would help people to give you advice.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 17:05

Thank you, now I have figured out how to post photos am desparate for something to photograph. Perhaps some semi-abstract photos involving bare earth?

Weeds from next door

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 17:02

clogerhead, interesting article but can't see the relevance; the field I'm talking about is used for making hay so they have to spray to keep ragwort(?) down as it poisons horses(?)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 16:58

Rosa; if spring doesn't happen soon, I am going to cut pictures out of seed catalogues and stake them out in the garden; maybe that will shame the weather into behaving

Weeds from next door

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:41

Lyn, don't you believe it! My garden backs onto a field with a difficult owner; I get bindweed, nettles and hog weed trying to escape from the field into my garden. I now have the habit of pulling weeds up as I walk near the fence. It seems to keep it under control. A few years back, the nice chap who was renting the field suggested that I put down membrane and cover it with bark on the field side. This I did (£50 plus my time); the owner ripped it all up and plonked it in my garden within a week. Even though it saved them from hand spraying up near my fence, which they never bother to do....

Best and worst

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:34

I don't mind weeding that much; it gives me the chance to really see what's going on at ground level.

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