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Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:08


Thanks for your comment and despite my last comment I have done a spread sheet height, spread, soil type and sun requirements and best bit flowering period. and a picture of each plant.

God bless excel

Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Lyn Nutcutlett Thanks both for the advice . You are all most certainly correct about the not getting strung-out thing.

Not sure why flowers scare me and veg don't.

I am going for it this year purchased a couple of hundred plants many only small plugs some larger plants. I am hoping if i go for it feed the soil loads of well rotted manure with goat manure as a top dressing. double dug and thoroughly sieving and weeding brambles and nettles this last week. deal with the slugs snails  and ants that have always eaten and destroyed the odd plant i have tried to grow before. Maybe this year it will work and I will grow a cottage flower garden.

Its the one and only time I will have the money to do this I think it cost for plants £150 ish


Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:15

I am doing well and have been on my veggie plot for a couple of years. I have decided to plant a perennial border this year around the lawn.

I am really flumoxed when it comes to flowers its all the shade full sun and especially the partial shade thing. I just dont know what is partial shade. looking down my garden the sun rises on the front right hand corner and sets on the far left hand corner.

So looking down the left the sun is only hitting the border in the morning due to a high fence and the far part of the border gets better morning sun. is morning sun partial shade ?

On the right the sun hits from the back of half the border in the morning due to a low chain fence and no planting next door and full afternoon sun hits the front of this border in the afternoon. I know this is a sunny border at the other end on this border it is backed by very high shrubs next door so only gets afternoon sun.

I have purchased a couple of herbaceous border perennial plant collections and just want to plant the plants in the right place.

I have done the standing in the garden all day studying the light and shade but still very unsure on what is partial shade and what is shade any help would be great, i justy cant afford to get this too wrong. 

What would you do with this huge garden?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 22:36

Buy a greenhouse or poly tunnel and grow from seed and cuttings or it will cost a fortune to plant up hedges and borders.

Wow you are so lucky but its a big job.

Moving gooseberries

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 22:31

In my family we never move gooseberry bushes dad did twice and 9 months later i was born first time and my sister the second. I risked it once and along came my third son.

Mum always said she found me under a gooseberry bush didnt explain until i moved one why and then it was to late.

Filling raised beds

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 21:58

I built ten raised beds three years ago, and would of needed lots of compost to fill them all as it was i got through 5 cubic yards. My largest beds are all on soil so only barely half filled still.

The beds on concrete are all filled to the top.

I intend to fill all the beds this year and after searching freecycle and such like have found a huge pile of well rotted horse manure 3 years plus old for free.

My beds have all been filled apart from the initial 5 bags for free from various boards. I have in fact built the beds for free from scaffold boards and decking found on the various free web boards. You never know when somebody two roads away will be digging out a pond or an extension and advertise for someone to take away all the soil you need.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:38

pansyface I think a bit of dog licking would work very well unfortunately no dog maybe the neighbours cat would do horrible thing keeps killing birds in my garden


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:45

On the subject of courgettes my green and yellow ones are all at different stages (staggered planting) and doing good some with fruit some about to.

But my earliest planted patti pan squash (yellow ones) are huge plants massive leaves and no fruit to show for it has anybody else any experience with these ?


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:42

First courgettes of the year pan fried with a little garlic and olive oil.

second courgettes Tempura and some sweet chilli dip or tzatziki.

Rest of them in everything and everything.

not enough bees

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:14

I have heard that white flowering beans work better for pollination, always wondered if thats true why we tend to grow red flowering beans ?

There is a runner that has a two toned flower red and white maybe its the one to grow.

If it helps I am not growing runners this year but last year had so many bees that the weight of bees on the flowers they were pulling the flowers off, its the other end of the spectrum.

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