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Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:14

Hi Jude - I  have a similar border in my back garden which is against the rear fence and is very narrow. I have many of the previously mentioned plants in it and at one end, in a higher raised section, I have Osmanthus burkwoodii  which is flowering just now. It's a good evergreen with small white flowers.  At the other end I have Pachysandra terminalis which has just finished flowering. Good evergreen ground cover with white flowers. Some of the Heucheras and Tiarellas will also be happy there. Lots of varieties available. I have one called Alabama Sunrise which has good bright foliage. 

Non green fingered newbie

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:03

Hi Wayne. A great project for you and I'd agree with PPots - keep everything tidy, remove rubbish and anything invasive or unwanted and then take a bit of time to decide what you want and what you don't want for your garden.

My advice is always the same - make a list of your likes and dislikes whether that's colours, styles, planting or hard landscaping materials. Check what kind of soil you have and where the sun is at various times of day, including anything nearby which will affect light -  garages, overhanging trees etc. Then make a list of your requirements - dining/seating areas, play area for children if you have them, veg plot if you'd like that, storage/ work area and so on. When you've done that, measure your plot as well as you can and draw up a plan which you can then work out ideas on. Make a few copies as that makes it easier when you change your mind - which you will!  Doesn't have to be fancy but make sure anything you draw is to scale. 

Making Nematode Soup from Slugs

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:50

Maybe if you burn and grind them in front of the other slugs it helps too.....


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:46


how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:18

Aaahh- now I see Dove 

Us mums are useful sometimes Wonky 

...oh - and oomph is rarely a bad thing....

recommendations for lawn fertilizer please

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:15

I'm inclined to agree with you Edd. March is rarely a good time for turf laying. 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:12

Ta chuck!  

how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:06

Perhaps you could add some oomph to the soil by way of some FYM and extra compost just to beef it up and help it retain some moisture in dry spells. Can't do any harm  


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 16:01

I have teenagers Dove - one of them will fix it.....

recommendations for lawn fertilizer please

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 15:54

Hi ryan. They're right - new lawns shouldn't have feed on them for a while. The problem is more likely to be the conditions below the turf. What was the ground like when you laid the turf on it? Poor drainage leading to waterlogging will cause grass to die off. Another reason is the turf not coming into contact properly with the soil below so the roots will die in those areas. Can you give us all a bit more detail so that we can offer a few more ideas? 

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