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New Garden, need help to design

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 13:35

I would move water butt to a down pipe. and in that small area where it is put in a couple of 'dalek' composters. Your local council may have a deal on so you can get them cheap. You can check on by entering post code. The bins -although slow would give you soil improver.

I would certainly wait until sure of where sun goes as that will help you with which plants to obtain. First though make a list of what everyone in your house would like to use the garden for, then sort it out and work out where your hard landscaping would go - youmay not need to move all that decking and suitable places for wverything else. All that decking - could it be used to make raised beds for both flowers and vegetables?

I strated with the family list 2 and half years ago and still refer to it when opening up a new area. Remember a garden is not a quick fix and to take an area at a time is best and you learn more about your garden as you do each area.

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 22:21


4711 my neighbour used a giant bag for her summer potatoes, Great crop. Other forum members say use the big bags for making leaf mould.

Now i really have my fingers crossed for Christmas, usually have about 12. I will weigh crop come christmas if I remember! 

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 11:03

Hi again

Nipped out and took photo of my potatoes. After reading your comments I feel well pleased with them. Have to wait to see the crop though!


Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 11:51

I have 2 bags of potatoes (Charlotte) doing very well. Mid-September they were moved into the greenhouse and have put on lots of growth with no sign of blight. No sign of flowers yet. Am thinking about giving them a feed - is tomato feed OK please?

This week I have also moved a pot of carrots seedlings into greenhouse but feel I may have left them too late. 

I started potaroes off  at in August

Tried last year but did not have a greenhouse till October so they were not so successful

What is the solution?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:56

Thanks. Followed the link and it helped

What is the solution?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 17:16

Yes. That is what my bad photo was supposed to ahow.

What is the solution?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 15:07

I have 2 and 1/2 year old cordon on it are 2 pears. This is a photo of leaves on one of them. Is this rust? What can rid it of it or is it going to be a permanent problem? Would the best thing be to dig it up befor tree gets any bigger, and infection spreads?? At th moment cannot see it on other pear and is not on the 3 apples also on the cordon.

Variety is 'Louise Bonne of Jersey'. The other one is Concorde



 Sorry about smudgy photo. Hoping Santa will bring new camera for Christmas!

But before that want to add cherry 'Stella' to garden but not in same area.


making leaf mould

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 17:37

Thanks every one.

Leaves will be mainly oak - lovely tree overhangig corner of garden with hawthorn, beech and others thrown in. Will use it with lid off sounds good to me.

Now I have to get a larger compost bin to use for garden waste etc.

making leaf mould

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 13:59

I ordered an extra plastic compost bin which has turned out to be a lot smaller than my requirements. Every year we have loads of leaves, which I haven't composted before Can I put the autumn leaves we accumulate in the plastic compost bin or are is plastic not suitable for leaf mould? 

Growing comicifugas

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:18


WEnt to Harlow Carr last week and took this hoto as Actea/Cimifuga is on my wish list. The plants did not seem to have large clumps of flwers but there were a lot of plants. 

Went to their garden centre as thought they would have some but alas no

Photo not Brill but gives an idea.


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