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13 Jan 2018 13:38
Thanks for your suggestions everyone, especially josusa47. It wouldn't be for a very big hedge - really just used as a divider. I might try and take a cutting anyway and see how it gets on growing in a pot for a few months around a small frame or something
Nutcutlet I do have space for it to get quite big actually - and there's a couple of examples of mature ivy in my garden already, but they're more free-form and just a blobs of ivy. It would be interesting to see if it could be shaped and treated more like a hedge. But from the other comments (and as I somewhat suspected) it seems like it would need a little more attention than your average box hedge!
Thanks again for your comments folks! :)
13 Jan 2018 13:31
Ok, so I've been stuck for a really long time now on how to design my garden.
Here it is currently:
The simple option would be to just add a big border all the way around a lawn, but I think I've got the space for something a little different. The only problem is I have no ideas on how to achieve this.
One thing I know I would like is a smallish patio area at the top left corner (it gets the sun in the evening) and currently, I have chickens in the top right-hand corner - but they can be moved.
Here's a plan:
It's a south-facing garden and I would love to encourage some wildlife so open to water features etc. Oh and if anyone could suggest a good way to provide some privacy screening between myself and my neighbour at the end of the garden, it would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance :)
12 Jan 2018 11:30
Has anyone used ivy as a hedge? I know ivy can be seen as quite intrusive, but say if it was grown around a metal or willow cube-like structure could it be used as an evergreen hedge to divide my garden into separate 'rooms'?
Or, if someone could suggest a better alternative (in terms of wildlife-friendliness then I'd love to hear your suggestions.
There are some benefits to ivy which is why I'm not too adverse to having it in my garden: https://honeyandeggs.co.uk/what-to-do-with-ivy-in-your-garden/
Thanks in advance
10 Jan 2018 16:51
I wanted one as I live in Scotland and sometimes - plus, it's quite nice to grow salad, tomatoes and chilies in the winter months which is what this kit would allow you to achieve. But I agree with Pete8, you can't really grow anything like a root vegetable or similar.
I actually got one of these for Christmas too, but, I politely asked my fiancé if I could return it and buy IKEA's Vaxar kit instead (basically their own hydroponics kit).
I swapped my Aerogarden for the IKEA kit because:
1. The accessories for the IKEA kit are cheaper and offer more flexibility into what can be planted. (the pumice stones, rock wool, fertiliser etc.)
2. The seed pod things for the Aerogarden seemed over priced for what they were, and there wasn't that great a range, plus I didn't know of anywhere to buy the pods in a shop.
3. From an aesthetic point, I liked the design of IKEA's hydroponic kits more.
4. Overall the starter kit with IKEA was cheaper, so I saved my fiancé a couple of bob too!
As far as I'm aware the only difference between the two was that the aero garden circulated the water and had an inbuilt light timer. I'm new to hydroponics so wasn't too fussed about the water pump and a timer can be bought for about £5.
And after germinating the first few seeds in IKEA's kit it seems like the Aerogarden is an all-in-one affair, whereas the IKEA kit requires a separate propagator, which is very easy to use.
All the best :)
03 May 2017 11:21
FlowerNewbie- an excellent blog, thank you for sharing! I have bookmarked it and look forward to following your adventures. I love the good quality photos you include, really helps paint a picture.
And hello back to you Hydrangea Kate - yes us Geordies need to stick together. I'm about to write a post about my Mam's garden in Gateshead. It never ceases to amaze me that 'down south' (as I call it nowadays) is about 2-3 weeks ahead of us up north here in Fife.
12 Apr 2017 09:48
Thanks all for your replies, there's some corkers there! I've tried some of them, namely the toilet rolls and milk jugs for seedlings (my grandmother used to do that) but I found with the toilet rolls they dry out very quickly.
I love the tip from Grannybee about dividing plants from garden centres. I once bought a 3L pot of lavender reduced to £2 and it had 5 lavender plants in it!
And yes Learnincurve I saw that as well, bit odd, but I suppose if you're wanting to make a statement in the garden, and you're not spending anything else, it's somewhat reasonable. (Saying that, I'd still rather only spend around £20 on a tree and watch it grow).
One thing I always do when I go to DIY stores and garden centres is look out for the nearly dead stuff. If it's a perennial it's usually fine really - a lot of the plants haven't been watered sufficiently most of the time. There's also the double bonus if you can divide the plants further.
I'll definitely be on the lookout for summer fetes and plant sales in church halls!
10 Apr 2017 12:11
Saw this article in the Guardian today, found it really helpful as it contains a lot of practical advice on saving money when gardening.
As a newbie gardener who has just moved into a new house, this is invaluable!
So, does anyone on here have some good gardening money-saving tips they would like to share?
20 Mar 2017 20:28
Hi Papi Jo - what a great blog, and amazing combination of hobbies, perfect for your blog! And of course, all the kudos for the bilingual nature of your blog, and the seamless transition between both languages.
Once the chickens get settled and the weather finally starts to warm up here in Scotland it should definitely be more garden-orientated! (Fingers crossed for that mystical beast they call sunshine!)
16 Mar 2017 11:16
Hey FlowerNewbie, thanks, it's a work in progress but it's good to meet a fellow Scot! :) Your blog sounds really interesting! What's it called? Do you have a link to it?
15 Mar 2017 21:14
Aster2 - what a beautiful article, you're right, it's very moving, what a difficult subject. He has a lovely way of writing.
Not to be touting The Guardian too much, but I came across this good read the other day: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2017/mar/14/im-35-and-i-love-gardening-deal-with-it - I can kind of sympathise with the guy, but he thinks he has it bad - I'm 24. My friends think I'm really weird because I'm a keen gardener.
12 Mar 2017 17:55
Hey Beaus mum, thanks for your encouraging feedback, you can follow my blog by signing up with your email address on the site and you'll get an email every time there's a new post, or you can follow on Instagram, twitter or facebook if you use those platforms. I usually post every Thursday morning before lunchtime. (Or at least I try to!)
Splandy, thanks so much for the recommendations, I'll have to check the app out though, sounds very interesting!
Hi dogwooddays, very envious of your Garden Design Diploma, I'd love to do one just not in the position to at the moment. Your blog is fantastic, very colourful and your writing is lovely to read. Saw the video too, also brilliant. I'm looking to incorporate video in my blog too, it's a great way to show people the nooks and crannies of the garden which can often be overlooked. Thanks for telling us all about the great Greenfingers Charity, the work it does is so important. Also, I hadn't heard of that hashtag *cue Twitter rabbit hole...*
10 Mar 2017 11:42
Hi Copperdog, know where you're coming from with adverts, they really distract from the content. I use an adblocker to remove them from all websites which is handy, but I understand if you're not too technical this may be too much faff. Anyway, thanks for your kind words
Also, thanks so much Top Bird - couldn't get the hyperlink to work the first time for some reason, which is maybe why Pansyface reached a different site. I can't believe I haven't been to Eggerton Hall, it's close to my old neck of the woods and the gardens look divine!
Thanks also for the link to HappyMarions thread. I currently feel like a big sponge just soaking up all the info from those with experience. You can only read so much after all. Listening to people and actually doing some gardening is the best way of learning about gardening I think.
10 Mar 2017 09:12
Hi Pansyface, oh, not sure that's my site you've landed on - I'm a born and bred Geordie! Although I am half Scottish... Anyway Plantsman's Corner looks great, lots of detailed information that's for sure.
And thanks for the feedback Tesni, it's early days so I'm still finding my feet. A Gardener's Weather diary is brilliant - everything I look for in a blog: up-to-date with lots of photos to accompany the text. A very helpful blog with the weather data too - exactly what a gardener needs!
09 Mar 2017 20:53
I'm quite new to gardening, and 2017 is going to be my 'get stuck in' year. (Just this last Sunday I got some chickens, and last week I joined this marvellous forum!).
I thought I'd start a wee blog to document the progress I make in the garden. For me, this will also be especially useful when looking back and reminiscing about what it was like. I really welcome any feedback on it: www.honeyandeggs.co.uk
At the same time, does anyone else have a gardening blog, or favourite gardening blog they like to read? (I'm in Scotland, so relish a good read during cold stormy days when gardening is just a wee bit harder!) Apologies in advance if this is already a thread elsewhere!
03 Mar 2017 12:48
Verdun, yes I definitely need to get on with mulching too. I'm trying to create my own compost, but my approach to it is very much trial and error. :D Hopefully the chickens will help with this though!
03 Mar 2017 12:27
I'm focusing on actually tidying up my garden a wee bit in preparation for planting stuff out in the next coming months. I'm fairly new to seed sowing but I've just today sowed:
chives, cucamelons, chillies, cosmos, winter greens, lemon, basil and parsley.
I've also just bought some tomato seeds to going to have a go with them. (There's a first time for everything!)
I'll be taking a leaf out of your book Jonesk - weeding will definitely be on my March agenda.
Oh and I'm getting chickens on Sunday - very excited by this as I've never kept chickens before!
03 Mar 2017 11:57
Wow! Good luck with the baby! I agree with Overgrowth - "Big Dreams, Small Spaces" is excellent, and is very inspiring. (There's nothing like seeing a real-world example rather than a Chelsea show garden to help with ideas).
With the lawn, getting a rake and getting in there is probably your best bet. Or you could use a scarifier, but I don't have much experience with these so couldn't tell you how successful they are. One thing with lawns I've found that regular cutting in the summer is essential for a healthy lawn, and that a pristine lawn can take time.
Another drastic option would be to rip out all the lawn and re-turf it. But that's a mammoth job, not to mention costly!
02 Mar 2017 20:22
Nice garden FlowerNewbie - if you're wanting to encourage wildlife I think you couldn't go wrong with adding more plants by digging up that ground. Maybe some verbena or some foxgloves? A water feature will also help with this, although I can see from the wee trampoline that kids are involved so a pond is perhaps out of the question. If this is the case, even a bird bath can be great for birds, bees and butterflies. Plus any extra bees will be good for your fruit plants.
For drainage, you could maybe add organic matter and grit?
02 Mar 2017 20:04
First ever post on the GW forum! Here's my garden, it's in a bit of a sorry state. No borders, no flowers and no vegetables! All of this I'm looking to fix this year. Half of my time spent in the garden so far has been clearing away overgrown bushes (so the walls can be seen, and plants can be planted) and knocking down sheds.
WonkyWomble, great ideas! Are you going to grow anything on the pergola?