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New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 13:03

I would still check your deeds as to whom does own that boundary & ultimately the maintenance, or not, of that fencing.

BTW what aspect is it? Soil type?

If your old border had Conker trees & hedging then the soil is likely to be pretty depleted of nutrients & dry & compacted. It'll be money well spent getting the soil back into some sort of decent shape before you plant anything. Were the tree roots & stumps removed? If not, then that's a job for a young man & pickaxe! Once they're all out then adding as much compost/manure etc will really help.

Sorry to be so negative, but buying new shrubs/plants & seeing them fail is so heartbreaking as well as expensive. However lots of small trees & shrubs take off a lot better than more mature, & more expensive specimens.

Shrubs- Escallonias, evergreen & flowers. Berberis, ditto, plus thorns if so required as a deterent. Viburnums, Hebes. Pyracanthas. Azaleas if soil acidic enough, also Pieris.

Trees- Holly, Hawthorn, Spindles- all good for wildlife. Amelanchier is one I'd always have. Smaller silver birches too- less dense canopy so planting opportunities beneath.J.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 12:46

Wet, still dark & windy in WManchester today.

Not particularly cold, but because it's so dark we've popped the heating on for a bit. Roll on some sun which always helps cheer things up. J.

Composting and wormery

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 12:41

I've got several compost bins- darlek types mostly- & a wormery.

As Kate says the latter doesnt need to be directly in contact with the soil, so can be next to the back door. That way no need to go down the garden in wet/dark weather with the kitchen waste & cardboard inner from kitchen/toilet rolls & used kitchen towels- no chemicals though in my case.

I find the resulting wormery compost is really fine & should make excellent potting/sowing compost with minimal sieving,if any needed. I actually tend to add mine to one of my bins as an activator about 2x a yr.

Agree rats not a problem with wormery on legs. Ants can be a nuisance, but not as long as contents moist enough. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 12:33

I've got a GC voucher too BJay & a long list.... but might, just might, treat myself to a Sarcococca which shall put in a pot, which I also need. Then it can go by daughter's North West facing new front door/porch! If she wants it of course.....

Spent some time this morning looking at my latest Avon bulb catalogue- that list is increasing too.... help!

Daughter should be back before midnight. Hopefully I'll still be awake, but may have snoozed earlier on to cope. Dont really like champagne, but will have a bit & always bucks fizz for breakfast NYday! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 11:50

Morning all from me too.

Barely light up here & raining plus windy again!

Pleased to report that OH did remove all his paperwork. I laid the table.... & did kitchen sort out...... sorry. Paperwork not into a pile in here- no idea where it went. It's back now though.....

Daughter survived work yesterday & has gone off today laden with 'goodies'.

Yes have made a rod for my own back, but OH used to work all hours available- own company, or 2, so I just got used to it. Daughter would help when around. TBH much easier just getting on with it myself. Used to have the odd explosion of temper when was working a lot myself, but it didnt get me anywhere.

Dont mention weight! Have been trying on clothes earlier- eek!! At least the 2 pairs of new jeans that await shortening still fit ok, but other stuff! Wonderr how much cake I can send back with OH? J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 17:46

No chance Lottie! Vegs already in! Lots of garlic......

OH has cleared his stuff off this table, so I need to do mine-oops.

Byee, J.

Why did you all start gardening?

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 17:41

I can remember planting flower seeds such as virginia stock with my grandmother when I was little. I was allowed a small patch of her garden to 'play with'. As I got older it was my job to mow her lawn....

When we had our first house OH & me tried, but with a clay soil, a North facing plot, neighbours' children damaging things with footballs etc & lack of time, it just meant that we kept the lawns cut. I did plant gladioli, roses & bulbs though & they were good.

When we moved here, at the end of a cold March, not a single bulb was in sight! Lots of trees & un-maintained shrubs & lawn. I did, with my Mum's help, plant a lot of bulbs that first yr. Always watched GW & listened to GQT, as now.

Life continued. We did cut down/back a lot of the trees & shrubs. But because it was a part-shade garden, still is, lots of plants I bought just didnt cope- no surprise with hindsight.

Then in Sept '96 I was sat out there & just got fed up with it being just green & having so few flowers! I started to cut down/hard prune shrubs & read & read as much as I could. Beth Chato's Green tapestry book was on repeat loan for ages from the library- I've now got my own copy!

The 'bug bit' as they say. I read loads, made notes & planted 'right plant, right place'. With learning how to deal with types of shade & improve the soil as I went along, the garden became a place of lots of different plants & shrubs. Colour arrived!

Yes I made mistakes, we all do. My daughter will soon have her first garden & already is asking questions & making plans. She  enjoys garden shows & visits, but is absent when the compost bins need turning out!!

My paternal grandfather was a keen gardener, his brother was a professional gardener. My Mum had no training, but definitely had 'green fingers'. My MIL was also a keen gardener so advice was there & genetics too!

Gardening has been my 'therapy' & I definitely get withdrawal symptoms when I cant get out there! J.

New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 17:04

Is the new fence yours or does it belong to the new property?

If yours, then yes get some trellis on top to increase your/their privacy. If not yours then consider attaching trellis panels to your side of the posts so that it's raised above the height of the new fence, but not actually attached to those panels.

I personally would widen the border a bit, as a narrow border isnt right with a high fence/boundary.

If the fence is yours remember that you will need access to it for maintenance. So you could even run a line of flagstones along the boundary/bottom of the fence- that gives a safe platform for ladders etc, with the planting being infront of the whole. Climbers will scramble across & up any trellis pretty quickly & the space behind will allow shrubs to widen properly rather than being flattened on one side. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 16:54

Yes Geoff, only 3 of us, but leftovers will keep us going for days!! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 16:52

Like the idea of Bjays' wheelbarrow taking pride of place in a museum...

We watched most of Love Actually, which were taping as well, but I gave up at the middle break. OH has, of course, watched the rest today, typical, so I saw some of it, but shall rewatch properly when on my own sometime.

I havent had any chance to play with Kindle or anything else today.  All I seem to have done is do things in the kitchen.1 pear fan cooked, 1 mincemeat puff cooked, 1 leek & cheese flan/pie assembled. All the vegs are prepared & smothered in garlic, herb & olive oil waiting to be put onto trays to roast. Frozen vegs as well- I just couldnt face doing any more 'normal' veg preparation....

OH has covered this table with all his paperwork, laptop, mugs, nuts etc. I've managed to creep onto my usual bit. I've told him, no choice mate, that all of the stuff is to be cleared & the table laid properly for tonights' meal!

Oh I did manage to wobble to the postbox, before the rain started again, & then needed a lie down listening to GQT. J.

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