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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:46

I thought I'd quote it so we could see it on the same page but it started doing it twice! I love before and after pics.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:44
kiwiflyer wrote (see)

I have always wanted a garden to plant vegetables and flowers, but never had the space.

However, last January I decided to build a garden from scratch, using as many "waste" materials as possible, mainly because it would be a lot cheaper.

The first 2 photos were taken mid January, with lots of junk including a few wooden plant boxes I used last year.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52165.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52166.jpg?width=350

 As the ground was covered in shingle on top of a hardcore base, I had to build a "fence" to hold the soil in, for the garden,

I used old wooden pallets cutting them into pieces and shaped them individually to make the fence.

 

After importing some decent top soil and adding some quality compost, this is what it looked like in mid March.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52167.jpg?width=350

 

 Then I started all the plants and flowers from seed in the plastic Greenhouse in the spring also using this cold frame made from a shower door.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52168.jpg?width=350

 So by June, most things were looking good below.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52169.jpg?width=350

 This is the latest "Jungle" picture, below:

I reckon I put too many plants in, but will leave a few more spaces between plants next year.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52170.jpg?width=350

 

 

kiwiflyer wrote (see)

I have always wanted a garden to plant vegetables and flowers, but never had the space.

However, last January I decided to build a garden from scratch, using as many "waste" materials as possible, mainly because it would be a lot cheaper.

The first 2 photos were taken mid January, with lots of junk including a few wooden plant boxes I used last year.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52165.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52166.jpg?width=350

 As the ground was covered in shingle on top of a hardcore base, I had to build a "fence" to hold the soil in, for the garden,

I used old wooden pallets cutting them into pieces and shaped them individually to make the fence.

 

After importing some decent top soil and adding some quality compost, this is what it looked like in mid March.

Dahlia Bishop's Children

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 14:34

I grew them from seed about 4 years ago, planted them in a border. I've never dug them up and several of them have survived the winters but the bed is well drained. However, Bishop of Llandaff from a tuber died one winter.

Growing Roses

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:41

When you say had lots of flowers, do you mean this year or last year? If it had flowers this year then it's just having a break. Give it a good feed and water and it will flower again when it's ready. Can't remember with Iceberg, I know it's a repeat flowerer, but some roses flower in June then September and some roses flower in June and then on and off for the rest of the year.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:35

Oh well done, Kiwiflyer, it's looking really good. Worth all the effort.

Growing Roses

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:21

Some roses do it more than others, especially in the rain. But then they also do it if the roots get too dry. Yours is young, it will probably get better when it is more established, just make sure it doesn't get too dry in it's first year.

Problem with climbing rose

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:17

Mine had mildew some years ago, caught from a grape vine, I sprayed it every week and made sure it was well fed and watered. Now it's really healthy. I think it used to get quite dry in the sun against the house and now I water it more it's better.

Companion planting

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:14

Hadn't seen this thread as we were on our way back from hols when it was posted.

I'm quite keen on companion planting whether it works or not, because it looks pretty in my veggie garden! I plant nasturtiums around the broad beans, we eat the flowers in salads. Borage wherever there is room, it attracts the leaves and the flowers are pretty in ice cubes or Pimms. French Marigolds around the tomatoes, anti whitefly, also basil around the tomatoes -they go so well together. Coriander and dill all over the place because they seed themselves.

Companion planting

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:07

Blossom drop is usually caused by changes of temperature, too hot or too cold. Do you shut the GH at night and ventilate it in the day. Other reasons are too much or too little watering and too much fertiliser. Also it can be lack of pollination. Tomatoes prefer a good soak every few days to little and often which can just wet the surface and not get down to the roots. Don't fertilise until bottom trusses have set.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:07

Morning all. More gardening for me today.

Poor OH took 7 1/2 hours to get from Stansted to Eastbourne. M11 closed, then M25 only had one lane. Should take 2 hours. I hope no one was killed in the crash though.

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