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Posted: 26/03/2014 at 19:38

Looking good now Dove. It'll be really established  by summertime. The pleasure you'll get from it will be immeasurable 

Good work Edd. I think all the rescue people are terrific and I don't know how you cope with the daft clowns (that's the polite term) who think going up hills is like a stroll in the park. I remember coming down Ben Lomond some years ago ( at this time of year so plenty of ice/snow at the top) and we met a party of girls dressed for a day at a shopping centre asking how long it would take them to get to the top. One had on what I would describe as 'ballet shoes'. Unbelievable. They had 4 hours walking still to do at least and it would have been dark before they got back down. They're probably still up there. 

No gardening today as other things to do after work. Going for a quick look round before I put my feet up.

I'm scared!

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 19:22

Totally agree Verd, only difference is,  ponds are a bit harder to alter once you do them! 

Plants can easily be moved and altered on a whim and although there might be the odd casualty, it's an opportunity to try something else as you found recently with your Acer. I think most of us have tried something, then looked at it at a later date and thought - nope, don't like that, and have changed it- sometimes quite radically.

I like to plan properly, but I'm also capable of altering that plan once I've started to implement it. It's part of the fun 


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:42

It's the easiest way of growing salad crops. I do it every year - costs practically nothing and they need virtually no maintenance. One daughter only likes the red oak leaf lettuce so having a mix means we can all have the stuff we like! Nothing better than making a sandwich and just going out the back door with a pair of scissors. Quick rinse under the tap and onto the sarnie.

You won't regret it Clari 

Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:36

If you're putting a raised bed directly onto the paving and it's just four sides with no base, put a layer of rubble/gravel etc in the base and put some membrane over it to prevent soil/compost being washed through. It'll give excess water a chance to seep away. 

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:51

Some structural planting to soften that fence would be good Simon. It would be worth getting some trellis on it and putting a few climbers there.  I'd be inclined to create a border along the front edge and  have some planting along there as well to give a little screening and make the deck seem more secluded. Grasses would be good  as there are loads of different heights and shapes to choose from, and the flowers spikes give a bit of movement. You could mix airier types like Miscanthus and Stipa with the aforementioned Phormiums.  They won't like sitting in heavy  soil so you'll need to spend a bit of time creating a good environment for all your plants first,  as you said. 

If you have other planted areas round the garden you could use some of the same plants to give a bit of unity. Repeat planting is very effective to link areas of the garden together. 

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:35

Is your  lettuce bolting Tracey? It likes a little shade so stick it in a less sunny corner and see if it's better. I do regular sowings in pots/troughs and pick the young leaves like fidget does. Rocket's easy so give that a go if you like it.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:31

Looking good Dove. Can I borrow your builders? 

Lizzie- oh to be only 50 again... Definitely wouldn't want to be 40 - had a six week old baby to look after. She was very good though. Still is really 

Chicken and Parma ham eaten with some roasted carrots and tomatoes. Enjoyed that. Sowed some basil while it was cooking.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:33

If you can keep it in a shadier part of your garden Susan it'll appreciate it.  Morning sun at this time of year isn't great for it - same as Acers - and try and give it some shelter from wind as the blooms are quite delicate. Keeping it well watered in late summer is important as that's when it forms it's buds for the following spring. 

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:25

That's easy Verd.....


raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:13

I had a raised pond in a previous garden and  I made it when my children were young. It was about 2' high at the end nearest the house and ran into a sloping border which formed the beach for birds and wildlife to get in and out. The girls were educated about it and had a wonderful time watching all the snails, pondskaters, tadpoles and birds using it. We had a timber edge round it so it formed a seat. I never had a problem but it depends entirely  on how you teach children and, of course, how you supervise them.

I don't have any photos unfortunately as it was pre digital camera! 

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