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New gardener seeking advice

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:12

Hi Ted. there will be lots of choices, but a few questions so that it makes it easier to offer suggestions. What sort of things are you already growing and are the beds/borders sunny or shady? Do you have a particular colour scheme in mind and do the plants need to be flowering as well or is that unimportant? What is your soil like - heavy clay, sandy ?

Also, if you can post a pic it will help too 


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:30

Not a lot of productiveness achieved apart from cleaning. Too cold to paint so will leave it till tomorrow and do the dreaded h*******k today I think.

Got a big terracotta pot soaking that had a Phormium in it (now planted in the raised bed) so I may venture out and scrub it ready for sweet peas. 

I'm scared!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:14

Phasmid - sweet peas can transform almost anything can't they 

They should be available on the NHS doc!

One small piece of advice I'd give is - get some height - don't have everything on a similar level. It can look very dull even if you have lots of colour. And the aforementioned sweet peas will do the job very well Loganberry. A few wigwams dotted around will make a big difference 

what is...

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:06

Edd's idea is a bigger version of what I suggested earlier Loganberry. Some posts bolted onto your paving /decking and trellis or the pallets fixed to them. If you use containers  - like your window boxes - and attach them with brackets or hooks rather than screwing them on, they can be removed and so could the trellis/pallets for easy access if necessary.  A more permanent raised bed will always be better than just containers,  it will give you more scope for planting and make it easier for plants to thrive. The pallets could be used to make that on the side you don't need to use for access, or do you need to gain access from both sides? 

Hedge Selection

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:35

Photinias can be iffy Danstar - many threads on here relating to the issues. Do you want an evergreen hedge or does that not matter?

Instant hedging will be very expensive too - whatever variety you go for!


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:43

Pappy KEF?????

It's like learning a whole new language on here sometimes....

Well it's not so dreich here today and all this banter's no puttin claes on wee Jeannie so I'll go and do something now...


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:53

Nesh doc?? 

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:44

Good luck with it David. A few 'easy to maintain' shrubs planted in there as well would give it some character and stop it being a bit sterile. Something to welcome you home each day 


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:19

You've got it sussed Andy! 


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:16

Fingers and toes crossed for next week Andy. I'd hate not being able to drive for any length of time.

Re being King - does that mean you don't carry any money with you either then...

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