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Steep Slope/Bank

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:14

We had a similar slope - apart from other considerations we were concerned that it was unstable and that the neighbouring gardens might slide down into ours!  We fixed sleepers with reinforcing rods to secure the bank and filled with a load of topsoil and planted it as a raised bed - it only needs a few minutes going over with a hoe every few weeks to keep the weed seedlngs down  - I'll post a couple of photos to show you what I mean .... 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42235.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42236.jpg?width=350

Sorry, the photos were taken to show other things rather than the sleepers, but hopefully you can get the idea 

lobelias

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:00

I agree, the cooler spell has slowed things down a bit but hopefully, from today things are going to warm up a bit. 

Also, if your seedlings are still in their seed compost they'll need pricking out/potting on into some compost which has a bit higher nutrition (seed compost has very little) as soon as they're large enough to handle - I would use John Innes No. 1 loam based.

http://www.johninnes.info/about.htm 

Small garden

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:56

Kelly  Can you post us a picture or two and some measurements, then we can have a go at helping you.  Also we need to know which way your garden faces, how much sun it gets and what the soil's like.

To post a picture click on the small green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Pruning a magnolia?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:46

BusyBee - the meadow may be windswept at the moment, but if you plant some shelter belts around it now you'll have a wonderful garden in a few years' time - the gardens at East Ruston are on a spot which was exposed to the worst of Norfolk's North-east winds, but with shelter belts they have a virtual tropical paradise  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Ruston_Old_Vicarage  

So, plant that magnolia in the meadow as soon as you can - it's too small to suffer too much in the wind at the moment, and by the time it's big your shelter belts will be giving it the protection it needs.  

And I'd leave those little lower branches - one of the things I love about magnolias is their rather asymmetrical form and the way they look when underplanted with spring bulbs and flowers - as in the 7th pic on this link http://awaytogarden.com/10-thoughts-on-successful-underplanting/  If the magnolia was more 'upright' it wouldn't look half as good - in my humble opinion 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:29

Oh Bill, what a shame - take it steady and don't try to do it all at once.  Is there no organisation who might have someone who could help you - Scouts or something? 

Raised beds

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:27

Possibly not a lot of help at the moment SNoodle, but I got a Harrod one from Wyevale in Sprowston half-price in their autumn sale  - it was one of their 'superior' square ones and I think I paid around £19.99 - they frequently have some very good reductions (and if you've not been there, the cafeteria is good too!) 

Does anyone know what this is

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:18

One of my favourites  - the foliage gives off a strong smell of foxes! 

Laying turf over old turf?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:15

That's fine Kinny - we all have budgets to try to work within - but it's good to know what 'best practice' is then you can make intelligent decisions about priorities.

Good luck with the lawn (and the dog) 

Let us know how you get on.

Plant Id please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:11

If it's happy it will spread - by seed and/or by suckers - that's one of the reason it's often given as presents - there's lots of them to give and you'll be able to do that too!  So just keep an eye on it.  

Good for pollinating insects and the birds love the berries too. 

Looking forward to hearing about the Grand Plan 

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