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New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 22:12

Hello fabulousemmalina:  the best advice is - make haste slowly!  When you first move to a new garden, be it large or small, you need to spend some time appraising it, seeing how much natural light you get, whether or not you have a microclimate, and also checking soil conditions.

It would seem that you have little natural soil available, so are thinking more about tubs and troughs etc.  It is very late in the season to start, so unless you want to invest in a few "quick fixes" for colour, which will be expensive and may be wasted effort, you may be better off observing what you have, and gradually making plans.

You say you have a "yard".  How big is it?  Where are you located?  Do you know which direction your yard faces?  It may be that you will be lucky enough to create a mediterranean feel.  But if it's north facing for example, you will have to deal with much more shade, which will restrict the plants that are possible to grow.

Let us know on the forum some of the basics, and we'll see if we can help.  Doubtless there will be differences of opinion and of suggestions - but I'm sure some of the people who post here are extremely well informed and can give invaluable help.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:38

OMG David - I'd forgotten about the date!  Good job I don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:09

Update of my hols in north Cornwall:

Mostly cloudy with a few showers for most of the week.  Get-outable weather at least.  Today, however, has been unremitting rain.  Either soft rain or hard, downpours.  Definitely not worth getting wet and trailing around.  Three cheers for on-site swimming pool (indoors) where wet is a different experience , books, cross-stitch and computer.  Hope for a bit better tomorrow!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 19:00

A few showery bits this morning, but more sunshine and high cloud this afternoon.  Given the weather that we've had to endure, I take this as a bonus!

My dream garden

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 19:28

Yes - we must count our blessings, and the reason we live in a "green and pleasant land" is because of our climate.  Normally.  But we seem to be getting more cool rain in early summers that we were used to.  In fact, we have less of a "climate" and more a "series of weather events".

1975?  Remember it well.  I was sitting my finals - and it snowed in June!  About 3" of the stuff.  Didn't last, of course, but was a novelty nonetheless.  And then it went on to be hot and dry right up until the end of the summer in 76.

The extremes of China make us feel a little more grateful for what we have.  But I still wouldn't mind a bit of sunshine right now, thank you very much.

 

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 19:21

What a difference a day makes!  Because of the dreadful weather we left setting out for our holiday until this morning;  good call - there were several parts of the road that had evidence of yesterday's floods.  The sun shone and the sky was blue until we approached Cornwall - then low cloud and drizzle!  On the plus side, it did at least mean we were spared sight of the iconic landscape feature of Cornwall - the dreaded wind farms!  But now safely esconced in Bude, the sky is cloudy but it's dry.  Not a brilliant forecast - but not a wash-out, for which, given the "summer" so far, we have to be grateful!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 23:21

 Still here.  Weather rotten.  Main roads flooded.  Summer Holiday?  Where's Cliff Richard when you need him ?

Hope to get away tomorrow.  Oh, well - it will be a different scene through another rain-bespattered window.  Got my library books and cross-stitch to keep me amused.  (And OH )

what is the red chilli for please?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 10:22

Hello Insomnia and welcome.  I came to this board after the demise of the BBC, and have found it to be really friendly.  In fact (and I trust I'm not tempting fate) I dont recall seing any rude postings or removed posts for anything untoward.  Just a nice bunch of people, chatting and helping each other.  I agree - the best site that I've ever come across.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:16

David!    Or - to be Wimbledon relevant, "You cannot be serious!"

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 21:03

Thanks for the good wishes David.  Fingers etc etc crossed re weather!

We're not setting out until the afternoon, so we'll take a raincheck (geddit???) on whether or not to delay the journey by a day if necessary.

And thank you weed for reminding me about the raspberries - they're  beginning to ripen, so I'll pick and freeze what I can tomorrow morning, and instruct son in the complicated arts of doing the same in my absence.  I would show him how to water things, but in the circumstances .  .  .  .

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