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The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 12:29

There isn't space sadly where the gravel is. It's wide enough for the car, but nothing else. OH wouldn't be able to get into the car otherwise, but down the left of the lawn we've got the strawbs, toms, and lettuces in pots. We've also planted in the very narrow 'border' to the right some alpines and some bulbs, mainly to see what will happen.

This house isn't a forever house, so there isnt much point in planting too much, or spending a lot on expensive climbers and the such, as much as I'd love to, as we may not even be here in a few months time.

The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 11:39
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

That is so pretty and so colourful Sweetpea - give yourself a hearty pat on the back 

Make sure you've got a seat up at the allotment - you'll need it 

Finding a bench has been nightmarish Dove, there aren't any that are affordable local to us! At the moment it's on your bum on the grass at the mercy of the bugs, I have a kneeling pad up there I use as a cushion when it's damp! The life of glamour huh?


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 11:36

I've a CK mug when it was in the sale, the OH vehemently hates her stuff. 'how much for a pen/bag/purse/dress/shoes/phone case/bowl yada yada'

Woke up to find a terrifying bill had to be paid by tomorrow. I hate universities, they've messed the OH about so much regarding his PhD fees, I really feel for him, but there's not a lot I can do... Sigh!

I thought GW was fab last night. Rather fancied the raised beds the 'inexperienced' gardeners had for the allotment!

The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 11:27

I say it a lot, but we have a small garden. A very small garden. I dare to say, maybe the smallest of all the 'regulars' on here. And after three months, I've filled it. No more room for anything. It's infuriating! Especially with you all sharing your wonderful photos of clematis!

 The drive is bigger than the entire garden!

 But what I have in my 15ftx8 garden is an array of plants. Including and not limited to, lettuce, spinach, coriander, parsley, five tomato plants, three strawberry plants, a pepper plant, spring onions, violas, marigolds, fuchsias, a lilac, three roses no less, dainthus, ameria's, sweet peas and a whole lot more besides, when I joined the forum I only expected to have some pots, and get some advice on what things grow well in containers, now I have an allotment three times the size of my garden, more plants and seeds I dare count, I even own a lawnmower, two forks, a spade, two rakes, secateurs, a tiny but still is a greenhouse.

The only issue I have with such a tiny garden is that there is nowhere to have any seating, and a shed. What I'd give for storage! But this is my little lot for now, and I couldn't be happier and prouder of what I've achieved in this three month period, and how much happier I am as a person for it. And a lot of it is thanks to you all So thank you!


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 11:02

Marion if you give any talks at Bristol university, would it be possible to let me know? The OH teaches there, law, not botanics, but we don't live far, and I'd love to hear you talk in person. Hope that doesn't come off too odd!

New Allotment

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 10:58

Trade manure for plants, or even shared usage of a neighbours shed if you don't have your own.

Look into the 'get composting' site, they have very cheap compost bins that are delivered to your door.

what dos it do please

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:30
Just the seedhead for example when a dandelion finished flowering you get a dandelion clock, a head full of seeds that you used to blow when you're a kid. Same principal

Is this a weed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:18
Yep my dad's geranium is huge. He's sort of let it take over an entire raised bed. He doesn't have so much time in the garden anymore.

New to this gardening

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:11
A lovely big space begging for borders full of colour.
I'm very new too, and found visiting charity shops and second hand book shops for cheap books fantastic. As is your library a free mine of information. I do find myself asking the lovely folk here for a lot of help identifying things I keep finding that I have no idea wh?? they are.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. No matter how silly you might think it is. Everyone here, as advanced as they are now, have been a beginner once too!

Marigolds looking... well weird

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:04
Our lobelia germinated but didn't get much further.

Glad I'm not alone OL! They are pretty but I'm sure they aren't what they said on the packet!

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