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Getting a good soil mix for large planters

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:35

The bed sounds good cc and similar to the raised beds I've made. Mixing the manure, topsoil and some of your garden soil will be a good start and I'd also add some compost to get a nice mix. It depends what you want to grow of course, but that will allow you to grow most things. If you're worried about drainage, add grit to the mix rather than the sand, though raised beds tend to drain quicker anyway. I've always gardened on clay and find this the best way of lightening the soil to allow me to grow a wider variety of plants.  We get a lot of rain so it's vital to stop plants waterlogging through winter and spring in particular. You could just mix some of the pea gravel through as well rather than just having it in the base  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:23

Easier in many ways though MrT - at least the grass doesn't answer back eh? 

Cheaper to feed too 

Camellia query

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:41

No, but they will be forming buds just now for next spring, just like Rhodies and  Azaleas. Make sure they're not short of water if the ground's dry as it can cause them to drop instead of producing the flower they should   

Landscaping my garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:08

Great to hear you're getting on well with it cc. A few pix on here can help with keeping up the motivation when you get a bit weary and feel you're never going to get it finished  

Hedge Advice - Which type of Laurel?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:05

I'd agree with nut Jenny. The common laurel gets very big so you need a fair bit of room to let it spread or it doesn't look right. You'd end up with very little foliage and lots of branches if you wanted to keep it as tight as the hedge you have there. The more nutrition you can get into the soil the easier it will be for your new hedge to get established. Conifers take a lot out of soil and leave it hungry.  A little sprinkling of Blood, fish and bone at planting time will help and you may find you'll have to water quite a bit when you replant as well. 

Talkback: How to grow pinks from cuttings

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:31

If they're in suitable ground they should be fine where they are Billie. It's wet soggy ground they hate so if they have good drainage there's no need to lift them. If you're worried then put them into pots for this winter and try and improve your soil for next year if you want to keep them in the ground permanently. I love them but we get high rainfall so I mostly grow in pots, but I've grown them in the ground  successfully where I've mixed large amounts of grit into the ground first. 

Clearing a garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:23

It's like having another child Mr T! 

creating impact with 1 narrow bed in a small urban garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:21

Walls are also useful for non planting items. If you have room and if it appealed to you,  you could have a wall mounted fountain feeding into a container within the bed. Greenery either side of it along the wall so that it's slightly hidden, and simple planting in the rest of the bed to enhance it and make it the main feature. 

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:14

Let us know how you get on once you move in Peter. Extra pix will be helpful for any queries you have and there'll be plenty of help and advice should you want or need it.

Hope you enjoy your garden and making it your own space  

Walled garden with cottage to rent

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:02

I think you may be asking too much of the average tenant 

Perhaps it would be best to have a basic maintenance plan in place as part of the tenant contract and carried out by a local garden company, which would then be factored into the rent. 

Some of the agents who deal with rural property may have better advice - Strutt and Parker would be one, although I don't know how much rental stuff they do. 

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