Posted: 27/09/2017 at 09:40
Big Blue Sky, The first rule of gardening is never panic, you see a problem say to yourself "O heck as like" get a cup of tea and sit down perusing the problem. Given enough thought all troubles are solvable and with many years in the Army I found panic totally detrimental to the actions required.
About a membrane along the fence, you do not need to disturb already rooted plants. Buy some heavy but flexible membrane from a Garden Centre it comes in large rolls and they cut off what you need so measure it first. Using your spade in a vertical position work it down along the base of the fence this gives you a slot about a spade depth is enough. Push the membrane into the slot and weigh it down with some gravel or stones, then nail it to the bottom of the fence and cut off ready for the next section. The roll comes in around six foot width so you progress along the fence securing a section back filling the slot and onto the next bit, that means you can have a sit with a mug or glass in your hand what ever turns you on. Rushing at a job often causes twice the work so take your time and think about it, that is what gardening is all about giving you the time to relax your brain even when your body is aching from a couple of hours of double digging as we used to do, it now seems to be redundant yet we did it year on year for vegetable patches. If not that we would rough dig the patches then spread well rotted manure and leave it until the next spring whilst the worms did the work.
Plants need water not too much, Sunlight differing levels they do not all like full sun, and general cleanliness keep them weed free, a good hoe is better than any weed killer. I walk around the garden most days with a Hoe in my hand, firstly to lean on and look then to remove any weed that dares to show its face. The main thing is sit now and then enjoy what you have and just relax.