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what can I plant that's low maintenance?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 19:33

wow, lots of really good advice and hints here, thankyou everyone a reasonably dry and sunny day on sunday meant for once i did actually get into the garden on sunday, accompanied by my trusty followers, my 3 and 4 year old daughters with their little hand shovels and full of willing!!! i moved a fuschia which absolutely exploded this summer into a decent sized bush for my garden; couldnt bring myself to bin it so am crossing my fingers that it survives the move, it had to be moved though as it had grown right across the path, i also moved a little shrub which i have no idea what it is but if it survives the move then all the better; saves me buying more plants to fill the gaps!! also planted the garlic, rhubarb, lavender, sage etc and it is now looking rather promising as opposed to an abandoned sorry little patch!!! i definitely want to find some bay and love the idea of growing it tall and plaiting it dovefromabove, great idea

I also am going to have a go at the other ideas you've all come up with; i'll never know if it works until i try eh?!

thankyou all so much for the help, you're all fab

what can I plant that's low maintenance?

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 00:55

thankyou everyone, i've been to the garden centre today (so didnt get round to the digging but will do tomorrow for definite!!) and i got 6 very small lavender plants which i'm going to put along the wall at the back and cross my fingers, 2 sage plants which i'm hoping will take as I love using my own fresh herbs in some garlic and another thyme plant in case my bucket-grown one doesnt like the move! I had an absolutel heart attack at the cost of the bay plants; all that was available in the gc i went to were bay trees,formed into balls at the top so, ornamental plants as opposed to useful...very expensive as opposed to credit- crunch-grow-your-own...i'm hoping to find a basic plant somewhere for a lot cheaper as I also use bay a lot in my cooking! so, i've almost got everything covered for our little home here; garlic, rhubarb, lavender for sleeping, rosemary, thyme, bay (hopefully soon) and sage for cooking, my blackberry bush will be tamed somehow tomorrow, and in the spring I will look at trying my hand at some veg...go me!!! thankyou for all the advice, it is always appreciated as sadly, I dont have anyone close that can help in 'real' life though I come from a long line of enthusiastic gardeners!!!

what can I plant that's low maintenance?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 23:06

at the moment my 'garden' ( little patch about 3m x 6m ) is split into 2 patches with a semi-circular path through it which also houses my rotary line! in the corner created by the semi-circle, I have 3 lavender plants and 2 rosemary plants and it looks, and smells lovely, I would like to create a similar effect on the other side which is much more 'soil-space' but don't know what to put there; I love the bushiness and low-maintenance of the lavender/rosemary but need some inspiration and expertise as to what to put the other side; I have tried various shrubs from the garden centre but they all look really straggly and dont really go together or look good (didnt really do my homework!) so am going to dig it all up and start again.

I like kitchen-gardening so am going to put a thyme plant which is currently in a bucket out the front in the patch but that will only take up a small part of the patch...I'll also put in another rosemary and another lavender plant but have no idea what else to put in that is also productive and useful for my cooking! Any plants here need to be hardy as our winters can be quite bad here. I'm not that bothered about flowers as I normally just plant some pretty annuals in the spring/summer to pretty it all up.

So basically, what can I plant that is kitchen-useable, bushy, low-maintenance and will grow nicely over the next few years to fill the space there?!

Thankyou in advance

Growing rhubarb???

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 22:46

ooh, lovely, thankyou I'm hoping I'll get a good grower as my next door neighbour has a massive rhubarb plant that comes back every year and I'm really jealous of it, and it's literally just the other side of the fence to where I plan to put mine in the hope that's where the good soil is!!! crossing my fingers, thankyou for the advice x

Growing rhubarb???

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 22:19

I have bought a rhubarb plant (cant remember the proper name) today and am going to plant it tomorrow, I know I'm getting ahead of myself here and assuming it will thrive but, I have read that I shouldnt harvest the first year's crop but...what do I do with it then? Do I just leave it to its own devices? Do I chop off the stalks that do come? I'm assuming that if they're not being harvested the stalks will go yellow and sluggish, should I cut them then or just leave them?

As you've probably guessed I am a starting-out gardener but am very enhthusiastic and open to any advice

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