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Before and After

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:41

Thanks for the responses everyone 

@Victoria Sponge - ha, kind of left in by default, as it was WAY too much effort to get out! but it will fade into the background once the bigger shrubs establish.

@Lily Pilly - ha, i wish! funnily enough, that wall looks terrible now compared to what it was (dad reversed into it a few years back, doh! and smashed loads of it).  

@Fairygirl - Thank you everything has fell into place. in my flat, on my balcony i now have 3x lavenders - which seem to be doing decent in morning sun only. i also have a skimmia, a small acer, a heuchera, a bamboo and i have just this weekend potted up a load of pansy and violas. looks much better than a bare sad looking balcony and railing

Before and After

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 00:30

apologies for the self-indulgence, but thought id post up some pics of an area transformed this year which is now 1,000,000% better than it used to be, i'm so pleased with how its turned out. much better than I expected

Originally, the plot in question was FAR worse than this first photo, however unfortunately this is the first photo i took during the clearing of the area (around March):

 next stage, some weeks later (Early April):

 now, within the last few weeks, after plantings were done in late April, the area now looks like:

 loads and loads of these all over the area constantly:

 and finally, my personal favourite, one of the 2 coreopsis:

on the area now exists 2x coreopsis, 2x verbena bonariensis, 2x dwarf buddleja, 2x echinacea, 2x veronica, 3x lavender, 2x hebe, 2x choisya, 3x viburnum tinus, 2x dianthus, 2x scabious, 2x digitalis purpurea, 2x cerastium, 2x erigeron, 1x erysimum. bees, butterflies (so many species), and some metallic green beetle or fly (?) that is all over the erigerons.

once the choisya and viburnums put some decent growth on, the whole area is going to be looking pretty mint, give it a few years or so maybe!

what next for these tomatoes?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:18

what size pot to put in, and how deep?



will my new four tier plastic greenhouse work same as a glass one?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:36

Hi Forester. when you open it up - do you open it all the way up or just part way to get some air in ?

how much time do you need for an allotment

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:59

Hey Vic. yeah they are on a year basis, paid by a direct debit each month. ill definitely be making the most of the balcony. i have 4 weeks to do a bit of research and see what i can get on there.


Help me decide on plants please, newbie here :)

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:31

is that a barbecue on that bit above that little raised bed? looks precarious and a health hazard for drunken parties!

will my new four tier plastic greenhouse work same as a glass one?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:24

Sorry to hijack the thread a little - but does anyone have their tomatoes in one of these now? i have tomatoes on the windowsill still. i have a thermometer ive put inside the plastic growhouse and early morning it seems to be dipping below 10c - too cold? i do have a fleece cover, which i could use at night and take off in the mornings.

how much time do you need for an allotment

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:16

i should also add. the flat does have a balcony - although sadly this only gets sun til around 11am, so id be limited with what i could grow on there but at least i should be able to see some green from the living room assuming i choose the correct plants for shady balconies!

how much time do you need for an allotment

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:14

Hi Vic

This is the thing. yes the raised beds aren't cheap but money isn't everything. there are good benefits to be had, such as social interaction with other people, which is good for me at this moment in time having recently split from a long term girlfriend and starting from scratch in many ways. the spaces would be more manageable for me and its pretty close to where ill be living.

im still unsure about it but its definitely a possibility ..

how much time do you need for an allotment

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:22

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments and advice. it is exactly what i suspected it would be - i am more than prepared to put graft in, thats not an issue. the issue is the time in doing it. i have to be realistic and be honest with myself. im just not going to be able to do many weekdays, and even weekends i couldnt guarantee something else wouldnt come up.

there is another thread i have where there are city centre plots you can rent. they are expensive at £8 per month for a 2x1 metre raised bed, though if you take 3 raised beds it comes out at £5 per month per bed. still dear compared to an allotment but being about 20 mins walk away from where i will be i could devote more time to going there. before work, after work, lunchtime ... it would be much more convenient and obviously there would be less space so its more manageable. 

personally i eat a lot more salad, herbs and fruit than i do veg, which is also a problem as fruit needs quite a lot of space!

oh what to do ...

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