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Where to start???

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 18:15

I'm about fifteen minutes drive form Paisley, Dinah. In fact - I'll be driving through it on my way to Loch Lomond tomorrow to walk  

Growing Hakonechloa

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 18:09

Me too nut, although my current one is in a raised bed of garden soil and compost. They don't need much attention Darren 

Where to start???

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 15:40



Posted: 13/02/2016 at 15:33

We've had every kind of weather here today Wonks. It's just hanging on to plus temps at the moment but a cold wind. 

Think I'll need my thermal kecks tomorrow 

Rented House - Concrete garden

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 15:31

You've got noise on the brain Wonks! 

A good space there Iansy. I'd go with some lawn for your little ones and make a couple of areas for growing plants you like. You can use grass seed which is inexpensive but it'll be a little while before you can use it. Turf is a bit more instant. You can grow lots of things from seed - ideal if you want some colour - and we have a seed swap thread on the forum where others will offer you some bits and bobs to get you going. Plenty of veg from seed too.

There are good bargains to be had in GCentres, nurseries and DIY places - usually later in the year. If you can get some decent sized perennials in pots at that time, you can usually split them adn get three smaller plants to grow on. 

Hope that's a little help just now. 

Where to start???

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 15:18

I'm about to incur the wrath of practically everyone here and say - don't bother with a compost bin just now. Unless the garden has a lot of soft vegetation- ie perennials and annuals which die back, a lot of grass, or you have tons of veg/kitchen waste, it probably isn't worth it at the moment. Paisley has a good 'brown bin' system for collecting garden stuff, so I'd wait a while and see exactly what's in the garden. 

Give yourself a month or two to settle into the plot. You'll get plenty of help from forumites if you can do a few pix of plants and shrubs as they alter through late winter and spring  

......the good guys

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 13:10

Bumping up for Judith and her 'Hellebore hunt'   

Hellebore disappointment

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 13:09

It's a bit of a lottery with these offers Judith. I've never been tempted - I like to see what I'm getting, but whatever you buy should match the description given. Do what Verd suggests, and in the meantime, treat yourself to a couple from a reputable outlet 

We have a good thread here too - it has a lot of recommendations of good online nurseries. I'll see if I can find it and bump it up for you to have a look.


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 13:05

Good for you Wonks. I like to think I'm a reasonably rational, considered person who gives others the benefit of the doubt, but it sometimes just feels people are taking the p*** ....

I'm raising my mug right now... 


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 12:40

Speak for yourself Hazel - I'm completely hinged. It's just that my hinges are a bit rusty....

Brilliant Wonks. It doesn't do their cause any good does it? That sort of nonsense seems to happen a lot. I'd raise a glass to your future peace and quiet - if I drank!. Will a cuppa do?   Cue rusty/unhinged giggling....

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