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Any ideas of what to do with this garden?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:20

Lizzie's right - never wade in and start planting left, right and centre (as I did, with my first garden ), as then you end up making many mistakes regarding suitability of plants, exposure etc. I wish I'd just waited and watched and made a few notes about how the sun comes 'round etc, before I'd gotten stuck in. It wasn't a disaster in the end, but it would have ave dmd loads of moving plants about and cursing, under my breath.

Help to identify plant

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:28

Beautiful plant.

Any ideas of what to do with this garden?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:24

Pansy has a good point - maybe you need to turn it over/rotavate it and aerate it as well. Do you know what type of soil you have? If it's heavy clay, it would benefit from being broken up and having some lighter soil added to it as well. As far as sorting out drainage go, also look at the lie of your land and whether it slopes toward your right hand fence. You may need to level it out as well as looking at soil composition.

Great to do that now and then you can enjoy landscaping and planting once the weather improves.

Blank slates are very exciting! 

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:16

Who knows...but I'm going to carry on with my sunflower hearts, just because I love seeing them so much!

Music in the Garden

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:14

Bird song. The only music I want to hear when I garden 

Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:11

I have been using SB Invigirator spray with good results. It's based on plant oils, so is completely safe for pollinators, pets and children.

It also acts as a foliar feed.

you do need to use it after every rainfall though. It's brilliant stuff and makes the aphids (and other pests) sticky, as well as interfering with their reproductive cycle, apparently.

however, though it will undoubtedly help your plants, I would ask the council if they can take some responsibility for their tree and treat that too.

tip for buying SB - best to buy it undiluted and make it up yourself. Much cheaper and a little goes a long way.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 11:53

You're welcome Forerster - good luck! And be patient - I had to wait months for my lot to appear!

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:05
Get the sunflower hearts- I'm no expert, but somebody else's analogy further back about pistachio nuts in shells versus roasted cashews, made me laugh! Ie, they'll go for what fills them most and us easiest. Nyger is diddly and small, sunflower hearts are big and tasty. I bet they'll have all decamped to your garden in no time

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:02
Never ti me! It's so pretty in the shady bit of my garden where it does it's thing and covers bare patches between plants, if it spreads too much, I just pull it up. Hardly a thug like mind your own business

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:45
Oh runny beak
Pansy your tutor was so PC eh!

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