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VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:12

Crumbs.  You can tell I typed in a hurry.  Sorry about that.

Excellent advice form Bookertoo to use your verticals to grow climbers.  There's a clematis for every aspect, sun or shade and you don't need to buy trellis panels.  They'll be perfectly happy trained on wires attached to walls or fence posts using vine eyes so cheap to install.

A climbing rose will add colour an dperfume if you choose well.  try and get one of the modern bred roses from avid Austin or Peter beale as these are bred for perfume and disease resistance so are more likely to do well.  

Honeysuckle can get a bit rampant if allowed to but is also easy enough to train on wires and keep trimmed.  

Choose a couple of good evergreens to give your garden form and interest over winter and then fill the rest of the space with plants you like and that are suited to your soil and aspect and also how cold you get.   If you let us know which way your garden faces and what kind of soil you have - sandy, clay, loamy, alkaline, neutral or acid - we can suggest some.   have alook at what neighbouring gardens are ghrowing to see what plants do well - rhodoendrons, azaleas and heathers like acid soil.  Lavenders and clematis prefer it alkaline.

Another unknown in the garden :-/

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:02

Not hosta.  Persicaria?  If it is it will produuce spikes of fluffy pink flowers which insects love or maybe finer spikes of deep red depending on which form it is.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:59

First of all, can you remove a few of the lwoer branches of teh trrees to allow in more light and, more impirtantly, more rain as the ground will get very dry under trees.

Then have a look at forms of brunnera, lily of the valley, geranium macrorhizum, pachysandra, ferns such as Polystichum setiferum and the dryopteris group, pulmonarias and vinca minor, especially the alba form with white flowers that will show up.   bees will love teh geranium, lily of the valley and pulmonarias.

Variegated ivies can also be used as ground cover in full shade but will, when settled, head up thetrees to teh light as they mature.  They do make excellen hosts anf food for insects when they are mature.

Rat problem

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:52

No.  The quantities are far too small.   we're still here anyway and I've been doing this for years now.  When I can see them, I post sachets in the rat tunnels.

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 11:32

I agree taht TV gadening is niot currently destined for peopple with small budgets or small plots although on Beechgrove they do occasionally do this and also do garden fixes for people witha  problem that needs a redesign.

If you google "small garden design" quite a lot of sites come up that should be able to help you.   for a setaing area, could you not leave some slabs in place for yur table and chairs and make tehrest of teh garden around taht?  If not, try levelling an area completely flat, covering with a weed proof membrane and then laying a thick layer of gravel.

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:48

I grow brassicas in the veg patch.  No need for nets as the tits and sparrows hoover up any caterpillars and they also take the aphids from roses and clematis.

Rat problem

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:46

Rats are ubiquitous and like to nest in compost heaps as it's warm.   We are in teh country so have them in tehgarden and neiighbouring pasture but when it comes to the bird feeders I draw a line and place poisoned bait in hidden spots because I don't like traps. 

The one I use is Toxa Overdose - sachets of blue stained grains that kill and then dessicate the corpse so there is no smell.  I use it in winter in the attic when the local mice move in for teh winter and it's very effective.   Works on rats too but you need several sachets at a time.  I put them under rhubarb leaves to keep them dry and away from birds.

A good DIY or garden centre will have a variety of products and traps.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:39

We had one in our garden in Harrow.  The back was the rear fence and one side was the  fence between us and the neighbours.  we erected fence posts to make the 3rd and 4th sides and stapled black plastic netting along it and over it.  The roof sagged a bit after the first winter snowed on it so we put slats across to help support it but piping would be sturdier and less likely to snap in strong winds.  For access, we simply left the short side hooked on its corner post so we could undo the flap and get in to weed, feed, prune and pick.

Ours was cheap, easy to make and worked a treat

Sambucus woes

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 16:13

Sambucus varieties with fancy foliage don't like wind.   I have them along the northern boundary of my garden and they definitely need a windbreak to do well.  However physocarpus is tough as old boots.  You could also try a prunus such as cerasifera which has purple foliage and winter blossoms and can be grown as a large shrub or small tree.

 

what is it & why is it dying..

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:56

Ants are a major pest.  I've just had a rose and some lilies in two pots sicken and die in just a few days because ants made their nest in the compost.   No warnng and plenty of watering so i'm seriosuly peeved.

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