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Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 23:07

I'm quite excited.  I actually started sowing seeds for the first time in about 3 years (blame complete wreck of a garden for this).  I finally got my sweet peas in over the weekend.  They are in little pots on the windowsill in my living room (safer than the greenhouse which keeps blowing over and the garden is still a wreck - until 17th March that is ). 

I've got loads of seeds to play with and a whole garden to find plants for, so I'm planning to start a fair amount from seed.  Now if only I could get to my pots and trays which have been stuck in the garage for the last month or two.  With all the bad weather the door has swollen shut

What would you do

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 22:50

Thanks LeadFarmer, I'm certainly excited.  Its only taken 2 years to get to this point lol. 

I took a few photos of the mess that is the current back garden a couple months ago.  I would post them now but I seem to be having some minor technical difficulties (in that I can't remember where I saved them lol).  I'll come back when I find them.

Well it would seem that I tempted fate with my last post.  The design from the first post was draw up nearly 8 months ago.  My OH saw it at the time and we have sort of discussed it since (lets just say he's not been overly vocal on the subject, I generally just get grumbles and "its your choice" lol).  Now I've got a start date wonder boy over here comes up with an alteration to the patio (the path has always been intended as brick edged, gravel with stepping stones, I was just too lazy to draw it into the original design):

To make matters more expensive (lol), he's also suggest raising the patio so you have to step up to it (only a small step mind).  I think the new design works, I'm just not certain about the step up.  I think it will look good but practicality wise I'm not convinced.  Just waiting for the updated quote based on this design (price may make my mind up for me lol).

What would you do

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:44
No problem. Hope the planning goes well Lisa. I've spent nearly 12 months on that design lol, still thinking about it as well. Might change some of the flower beds or add a rockery.

Well it's official work starts 17th march. I gave up waiting for my OH and hired a company. They're going to clear it, put in a new fence and the paving. I'm thinking tumbled Indian sandstone paving with gravel (and stepping stone) paths. Just need to pick colours and order it.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 21:32
Hmm there's an idea. Might try it. thanks.

It's not too cold at the moment. Lows of 1 or 2c most days. We do have the odd -3 but not often. Biggest issue at the moment is high wind and rain.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:11

Thanks Bob.  Unfortunately there's no way of using cable ties on mine. This is my greenhouse:

 Doesn't sound like the clips would work, I don't think the bolt holes in the frame would be anywhere near big enough.  I'll have a look though. 

Any other ideas for hanging bubble wrap would be greatly appreciated, its proving to be a complete pain.  The only bits that stay up are the bits wrapped around the shelf supports lol.  Thought I'd got it cracked last year but alas it fell off.  The piece I use on the roof (inside) is the worst to hang.  It wouldn't even stop up for 5 minutes this time round.  Last year I think I managed a week.

What would you do

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:01

Thanks Muvs Dashwood, I quite like the idea of a darker colour.  Might see what we can find.  The garage isn't far off the mid green colour at the moment, its just a bit washed out and dirty.  Feels a bit insipid, but I might like it more when the gardens in better shape.  I'd been considering painting the garage a creamy colour and really bouncing the light round, but thought it could be a bit too bright.

LeadFarmer I've used Google Sketchup.  Its a bit fiddly to begin with and not the most intuitive programme to use but given a bit of patience you can do pretty much anything.  I've just come across the garden design tool on Plantify which looks like it could be quite good.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 13:08

Does anyone know if those greenhouse clips work on the little greenhouses?  I've got a lean to style greenhouse (its about 1m wide by 0.5m deep I think), aluminium frame with polycarbonate panels.  I can't see how the clips would be fitted.

Thus far I've always used some form of tape to try to hold it up.  This year it really hasn't worked though.

I need your help!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 13:02

Sorry if I'm a bit late to the party.  I echo what the others have already said.  My garden is currently a huge mess and not particularly good for wildlife (its all long grass), but it is being dealt with this year.  I'm hoping to develop a garden which is attractive, interesting and wildlife friendly. 

As someone who is new to gardening (and comes from a family of non-gardeners) I would find it useful to see examples of how wildlife friendly ideas can be incorporated into a small family garden.  Things like wildflower meadows, ponds, hedgehog hideouts etc. For example, I would love to have a wildflower meadow but haven't yet worked out where I could put it so that it will work within the garden design.  It would also be useful to have ideas which would suit shady gardens.  Knowing my parents, it would be great to see ideas of how to incorporate these ideas into an attractive but very low maintenance garden.  If you want to encourage non-gardeners to have a go I think the key words are attractive and low maintenance. 

Good luck with the project.

What would you do

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:34
Hi hostafan, thanks, think I'm going to need all the luck I can get. I had originally thought of putting those curved beds (round the circle) as raised beds. But I'm now thinking of sticking with normal borders - so much easier to alter . But very good point (no pun intended) I will definately flatten the points out some.

The middle access was intended to make the design a little more interesting and yes slightly screened (rather than the old centrifuge look I'd got before lol). I'll have to keep my eye on the lawn. I could always add stepping stones if need be.

I'll post photos once I get going. Hopefully be started April time. I can't wait. Already planning what seeds to plant.

What would you do

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 17:15

Hi all I'm in the process of a complete re-design of my back garden.  What we have currently is a complete mares tail infested mess, which is being ripped out.  The only two plants I'm likely to keep is a peony we found a couple years back and a poppy (not that there's anything else in the garden lol).  Anyway the point.  I'm looking for planting ideas for the side garden (as I refer to it) alongside the garage.  I've attached a image of back garden design (with a few dimensions - if you can read them).  The bit I'm on about is at the narrow end of the garden to the side of the building.  This leads out to the courtyard where we park so we will use the path a lot.  I'd estimate the borders on either side of the path (planned as gravel with brick edging and paver stepping stones) to be about 80cm deep.

That bit of the garden is south facing (from the back gate), but will get a fair amount of shade from the fence (5'6" or there abouts) and garage (so I'd class it as part shade).  The soil in most of the garden is fairly light, edging towards loam.  But as this bit is currently under a layer of concrete its anyone's guess what I'll find.  I'm anticipating needing to dig lots of manure/compost in before planting.  pH currently unknown (soil testing is planned). 

So what would you do?  I've been thinking about a white theme in the planting, with lots of green foliage plants.  Even better if I can get year round interest and scented plants.  Not too sure if it will work mind.  Also not sure what colour to paint the garage.  Its currently a bit of a greeny grey colour which is a bit dull and depressing.  As the one garage wall is south facing it get a lot of sun so can't be too bright.

 Any suggestions are greatly appreciated (or comments/suggestions on the overall design).  Its my first attempt at garden design and I'm fairly new to gardening, so lots to learn.  Can't wait to get started

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