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Posted: 22/01/2014 at 14:13

This may not be so relevant for shaded areas, but for a new large border you can dramatically reduce the costs of planting by sowing the area with seeds. That way you get a summer of lovely plants and also gives you more time to plan and save for the plants you do want to buy for next year. 

What would you do

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 14:08

Sam, can I ask which software you used to create that plan?

My Garden

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:49

I wouldn't worry too much about it. Its more relevant if lets say you were dead set on growing specific plants like rhododendrons/azaleas/magnolias etc then you ideally need acidic soil. But for most plants I'm sure you will be fine. 

But whilst your at the early stages of planning your garden then it makes sense to test your soil.

If you do create some borders, you can save yourself the effort of disposing of the dug out turf by laying it grass side down in the bottom of the border, then put the soil back on top. Or pile it in the corner of your garden (grass side to grass side) and it will turn into lovely soil by next year, that you can add back to the borders.

Mulching with privet

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:40

Have a read here..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000389843

I have the same type as yourself, which is supposed to be good for green/soft cuttings. However, I find it clogs up easy with green/moist cuttings and is better for dry stems/twigs etc. I find mixing them together can work. I put my shreddings straight onto the compost.

My Garden

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:33

It should be the same, unless you've added soil/compost that you've bought in from elsewhere to the borders.

You can buy soil testing kits in garden centres for just a few quid. Or look at what plants grow well in your neighbours gardens, if they have healthy Rhododendrons etc then it suggests its acidic soil. Hydrangea plants can indicate the soil type, they can develop blue flowers if the soil is acidic, otherwise they may be pink.

My Garden

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:51

Thought so. It looked like the photo was taken later in the day judging by the shadows, indicating the sun setting in the west.

Don't be put off by the shade, there are lots of plants that thrive in shade, such as hosts etc. But they may be competing with moisture with the privet hedge. Dig the border well, add lots of compost/soil improver etc as this will help preserve moisture. 

Next, do you know what soil you have? Is it acidic or alkaline, sandy or clay?

My Garden

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:17

Tracie, I may be wrong but I'm guessing your garden is south facing? The area at the far end is in shade from the hedge, if its a south facing garden then it may be in shade all the time which will impact on which plants can be grown well in that area. However if your garden is east/west facing then this area of shade will move through the day letting in light.

Mulching with privet

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:10

I think there are two different types of shredders. One has a spinning blade and slices the cuttings. The other mashes/crushes the cuttings with a cog.

One is good for dry cuttings only, such as stems, slim branches etc. The other will cope better with wet cuttings such as from a freshly cut hedge.

I have a Bosch AXT shredder which is great for dry cuttings, but not so for green wet cuttings.

Buying Sweet Pea Monty Don seeds?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:01

Anyone know where I can order some Sweet Pea Monty Don seeds please? Ive searched online but struggling to find anywhere.

Thanks

My Garden

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:25

Tracie, thats a lovely garden and a great size.

Rather than straight narrow boarders I would add some curved sweeping borders that include the tree, possibly replacing the dead one, and perhaps with the lawn going in-between them as a path. A border on the left up against the hedge would be nice, but with a paved path in-between running along the hedge for cutting it and sweeping up the cuttings. Narrow borders around the perimeter of a lawn can look like the planting was an after thought, but obviously its your choice.

I could happily spend days and days doodling with pen & paper drawing designs for a garden like yours, there is so much potential. Id definitely keep a good size lawn, but also increase the borders to get more plants in. 

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