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Over grown, old garden

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 21:30

Sorry, being flippant.   As stated, this is a British based forum and, while there are all sorts of levels of experience and skill, we mostly haven't a clue about soil/weather/environment in your neck of the woods.

Have a chat with your neighbours about why the chicken wire is needed.  Over here we are encouraged to make holes in fences and boundaries so critters like hedgehogs can wander between gardens to find mates and food.    

Think about what you want from your garden - play, relaxation, sitting, eating, flowers, perfume, vegetables, fruit, wildlife - and then how much time you have to spend on it each week to maintain it - the horticultural equivalent of dusting and vacuum cleaning - and also your budget because that will dictate the style and content as well as whether or not you need a greenhouse and cold frames for sowing and pricking out your own plants, taking cuttings, making divisions and so on.

Then work out which way it faces, how much sun each bit gets and when and you can work from there.  We'll be happy to help if we can.

lime loving plants

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 21:23

Try the RHS website - written by experts.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=257

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 21:21

Sounds wonderful.    I rather doubt that a damson would be happy here but I got very excited on walkies today when I found some lovely sloes in a hedgerow, despite the drought.   Maybe, in a normal year, damsons would be happy enough.   So much better than the Mirabelles we have a-plenty but sweet and lacking character.

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:56

I think they will ripen but would agree with Dove about making damson pickle or damson chutney.   What would you have done with so many that were ripe?  Damson jam?  Damson crumble?   Same principle but savoury and yummy.

lime loving plants

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:53

Even roots that go metres deep need some to^p growth to photosynthesise and feed them so if you keep on top of top growth removal the roots will eventually weaken and die.    

What is casting the shade and can you do anything to reduce it?

Over grown, old garden

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:51

Fidget!!   Woman shed!!!!

Utter Confusion

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:50

Or coffee breaks!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:49

I'm afraid he was always cheesy and I can't bear NW either.   Each to their own tho and condolences to family and fans who did enjoy him.

Been out for walkies and, wonder of wonders, newly pimped and preened Rasta doggy managed to stay clean and not roll in anything unspeakable or dash off into mounds of sticky buds and other horrors.

Came home to lovely pongs in the kitchen.   Slow roast pork ribs to die for.  

lime loving plants

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 18:25

That weed is a nightmare as its roots go metres deep and just keep coming.    As it has a high silica content you really have to trample and bruise it before applying systemic weedkillers or they don't penetrate.   I did once kill the tops with a non systemic weedkiller but that still left the roots to regrow.

The best thing you can do is to leave the offending patch of ground bare for a while and just keep on pulling or hoeing off any new growth.  leave it to dry out completely then put it in your wheelie bin or on a bonfire - nowhere near a compost heap!   It will eventually weaken but you'll have to be very patient.

Another possibility would be to put a layer or two of weed proof membrane on the ground and then build deep raised beds that you can plant into.  That would also solve the drainage problem and with clever design, you could use the walls as seats.   You could also try digging out a trench at the back of the area and filling it with rubble topped with more attractive gravel for the final layer.  This would act as a sump or soakaway and make it less hospitable to the weed.

lime loving plants

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 18:07

Lime soils can vary greatly in texture and fertility and moisture retention so please be more specific.

Do you have poor chalky, stony soil or fertile alkaline loamy soil of alkaline clay soil?   Is it well drained or moisture retentive?   Also where are you and how exposed is your garden to winds, frosts, salt laden sea breezes?   Which way does you garden face?   

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