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Thinking ahead

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 12:04

Before I retired my garden was designed for low maintenance, but now i've retired I spend more time in there and need to make the flower beds bigger and the paved and gravel area smaller (plus I'm fed up of the gravel getting kicked all over the place)  I tend to buy plants I like and then wonder where i'm going to put them when I get home, so I will try not to be so impulsive and plan where a plant is going to grow before I actually buy it.  Also last year I was seduced by offers of plug plants and as a consequence had loads that I just couldn't use. Again next year I will be more selective. Fuscias, petunias, panies and petunias I will definitely buy again.  Tomatoes are going strong, both outdoor and in a plastic greenhouse, bell peppers are beginning to turn red and so are chillis but I only have two of these so will plant more again next year, but my green beans were eaten alive by slugs, despite my best efforts to stop them.  Will also be looking for a second hand greenhouse to overwinter and start seedings off to a good start.  Can't wait. 

Talkback: How to take summer cuttings

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 12:54

As a new gardener I found this article just the thing I needed.  Many sites and magazines seem to be for established gardeners and sometimes don't give the basic info.  How often do you water? from the bottom or the top?  I planted some seeds this year which came up and then died off again. Quite disheartening really but I'll keep trying.

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