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plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 10:13

I'm also on clay - every garden I've had is the same. The only advantage I have is that a couple of them have been fairly blank canvasses so the new beds or borders I've been creating have a better medium for me to start planting. It does involve a bit of cost though with soil and compost to fill them. I'd agree with Verdun and Jess though - improve the soil by all means - but work with what you have. Right plant right place is the old adage, so if you want to grow plants which don't suit  your conditions, use pots and containers instead,  or make raised  beds to give them the best chance of doing well. 



Posted: 01/02/2014 at 09:59

Take care if you're out testing cars Verd.

Bill -that list is great! I just about remember the fifties but growing up in the sixties,  most of those things still hold true. My kids laugh when I tell them that pasta was regarded as exotic when I was a child. 

Panda - I think the architect's seen the error of his ways. Will see what the new amended plans look like though 

Here's hoping February will be drier for all those suffering with flooding. Don't want to be too controversial or political but when I saw the people from Somerset talking on the news about  how abandoned they felt, it reminded of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the States when the wonderful George Dubya ignored the situation.

Ironing and other household chores beckon so I'd better do some of it  

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 09:33

Brilliant! When I was married we had a young male neighbour for a while and there was a shed just the other side of our garage. My husband came in laughing one night and said 'look out the window'. Let's just say it wasn't a stormy night- but that shed was shifting like there was a tornado.....

I kept hoping it would fall apart and they'd be exposed like a Benny Hill type sketch! 


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 09:25

Morning all. Just catching up with all your posts from last night. My sis and BIL arrived unexpectedly after  my last post as they were in the area buying a new car. Have you been talking to them Verd?  They had a Honda like my old one but decided on a change so they've gone for a Landrover. Sigh.Feeling slightly jealous. I'll be changing mine once I've sorted the extension and saved up a but more. 

Had snow overnight and it's all frozen but hopefully it'll thaw a bit -or maybe we'll get more. It's diddly darn cold anyway. 

Mrs G  - Yorkshires from a packet. Shame on you  

Do Brian Turner's method - can't fail. Little drop of oil in the pan/tray, set oven to scorchio and away you go 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 18:34

Plans will do lily...getting tired of the whole thing. 

Stacey - chill(i) out....

did you see what I did there? Almost worthy of Verdun that one......

I've shut the winter out too nut. Cold and grim out there.

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:48

Like BL, I use herbs in pots and almost any size will do. Drainage is the most important thing, but the smaller the pot, the more attention the plant will need in terms of watering. I have a pot that's around 15" (40cm) diameter which has  rosemary and thyme in it but I've often had a single plant in an 8"/9" pot (20cm)

Depending on the look you prefer, you may want to have a matching set of pots  (terracotta  or glazed ones for instance) and group a few of differing sizes together or, if you have wide steps, put  identical pots down one side of them with a different plant in each. 



Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:08

Brilliant Andy. That will be a great trip and I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy it 

Is Mrs Andy just as keen on the garden, or is she just very understanding? 

Those pix are just the tonic we all need pd. Very cold and windy here  with leaden, snowy looking clouds.

BL - I miss my last car - a Honda CRV - for the same reasons as you, but it became unreliable and I had to do a quick change. Once I've done the extension I'll save for another jeep. All the room in the world for 'stuff', and great on the dodgy little roads in icy weather. The heated seats were great in the winter too 

I didn't have to stab the architect today Kef  so you won't be reading about me in the Sunday papers....

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:07

I'd agree with doc Jess. We've been lulled into a false sense of security with the winter so far, and they can succumb to cold even without pruning, depending on where you are.  

It'll put on lots of growth in the spring/summer anyway, so it would only be small for a little while 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:01

Clari -you're forgetting one very important factor....Verdun's a man.... 

Boys and their toys 

Verd - it'll have to be a manual car then....and are you sure you want to mix those flavours on the  gearstick? You've really not thought this through properly, have you?

I don't know....


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:56

In my last garden we had thousands of snowdrops along the front boundary fence. It was  wet ground which never dried out at all, so if you can get them in moist soil of some sort I think they'll be fine. With that amount you can stand a few casualties. That said, they're also quite forgiving - my sister gave me a couple of small pots of snowdrops this summer which are coming through perfectly. They had been in those tiny pots and very neglected for about a year!

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