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Beginner gardener with small London garden

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:52

A good clear out first will let you see what you've got Millie. I bet you'll have lots of room once that ivy's pruned back! If you can't fix trellis directly to the wall, you could put some posts into the ground in front of it, and attach it that way. Big pots planted up with your herbs and flowers, and grouped together will be lovely. If your staircase has room at the bottom, you could also put climbers in a big pot there and use the handrail for support. Good luck with it all - it will be great once you get going.

Keep on at that landlord about the door...

It's in his interest anyway - you can't maintain his property unless you can access it. 


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:44

Looks very soggy 

I'd agree with fidget - if you've seeded or fed it recently, you won't see any results for a little while.

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:41

Rainbow the other day - from my back door :


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:29

I can't be doing with stuff that needs coddled and sweet peas are perfect because they are so easy. Slugs and snails are always a problem here but get the birds in and they solve that issue most of the time.   That's why I don't grow loads of perennials either, unless they're tough. Might as well put a sign up and an arrow - free dinner here...

I don't really have enough time for fussy plants of any kind in my garden. If they don't grow - they go. 

laurel hedge

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:02

Nut's advice is perfect Matthew. The problem with buying these as bigger plants is that, although you get an instant effect, they can take a bit longer to establish than a smaller plant. I'd cut the turf away from in front of them to make a proper border edge. Make sure they don't go short of water over the summer and keep any competing grass and weeds away. A mulch of compost or bark would help retain moisture and keep weeds down as well.  Once they're well established and have new growth, they should be fine.

Beginner gardener with small London garden

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:53

Hi Millie. I think you have a lovely little plot there which you can do lots with and enjoy. Would you be allowed to put trellis on the low wall? If so, you could put some 6'x2' or 6'x3' sections vertically and that would let you have climbers on that side to screen the neighbouring garden. It wouldn't have to be a solid screen - you could leave a gap between each section. Paint them in a pale colour perhaps - loads of paints to choose from and easily available. Lots of Clematis, Roses etc will be happy there and also annual sweet peas for a bit of instant scent and colour this year 


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:05

Spend as much on the hole MrsG  -timewise even if not financially.  Prep is the key and I'd agree with Bob totally about the deep pots. When I buy clematis in those pots I always keep them for future use. Small clematis in smaller pots means they're usually very young so they need a bit of time to grow and develop into decent plants. 

Lawn re-sowing dilema

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:54

Hi Dinah, get it all prepared first. It would be impossible to get it looking right if you sow bits here and there. It's still early so you've plenty of time for getting the seed down and having it germinate before summer. 


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:47

Morning all. Supposed to be nice here today but not looking like it really. I sense a trip to the nursery fro that Paeony 

Not been on much in the last day or two, so off for a look round the forum now.

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 12:48

I never had a pump in my pond and it was fine in all weathers Peanut. 

It looks like there's a lot of trees around so leaves will be an issue in autumn as fidget says. Net it at that time and it will stop a lot of debris building up. As the others have said, clear the worst of rubbish out then beg, borrow and steal some shade loving plants to surround it and give wildlife some shelter, put a few oxygenators in the bottom and then let it happen. A slope of gravel and some larger rocks/pebbles to let birds and animals in and out is necessary. You can add marginals and other pond plants later if you want them.

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