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Please! Help!

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:00

Hello LM....your garden is not a lost cause, but an opportunity to get the garden how you want it 

Out of interest, how long has it taken to get all muddied up like that?

I would just start with tidying it best you can and leave it for the winter. You've probably already picked everything up, but get everything off the lawn area and bring in the garden furniture and anything that doesn't need to out there over winter, take anything that is broken or you don't need down to the dump.

The bin issue needs some thinking about, if they are likely to be a constant problem (getting blown over etc), then think how best to secure them to the wall or maybe one of those little sheds that look like old coal bunkers, maybe you can wheel them in and out.

For the grass, what best suits the family? I know there are fine grasses/ lawns that you see that are putting/ bowling greens and more hard wearing grass seed/ lawns for lawns that get more use. Or what about astro turf (probably I will get shot for suggesting that here on a gardening forum  )?

 

Hope some of this helps, good luck.

Planting in winter

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:49

I'm sure there are a few things that could be planted, but I'd just recommend start observing your garden, looking at what's in your neigbours gardens (and are thriving), work out what you like/ dislike and reading up (loads of seed/ gardening catalogues around). Then start planning.

Put up some bird feeders or bee/ insect houses. Organise the structure of your garden (fences, shed, greenhouse, walls, screens, patio or seating area, bench, pots and baskets) and anything that isnt going to be so dependant on the weather or frost damaging plants or any of your hard work.

Then Spring won't be too far away. Have fun.

cutting long grass

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:28

Is it just a normal garden lawn or a meadow? How tall is the grass?

If it's just normal long grass (foot tall or foot and a half), I'd just mow it on the highest lawn mower setting. Cut it once, collect the grass, then cut again at 90 degresss to the first cut. It might look choppy, but it will recover.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:31

Rosemary seeds are difficult to germinate, I never have much success, don't know why.

Frost proofing plants & pots

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:08

There was a Gardeners World episode recently, where Joe Swift visited a garden in Bristol with tropical plants (episode 27 this one on iplayer----  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dz6kk) It showed how the guy there protected his tender tropical plants from snow and frost. To protect one plant, he did make a cage from chicken wire and stuff it with straw around one plant.

I think your bay tree should be hardy enough, but it wouldn't hurt to protect the pot from freezing. Those pot feet should help and maybe a nice bit of garden fleece around the base.

Pumpkin carvings

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:10

I'm not much good at pumpkin carving, so last year I made these with the smalls.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33277.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Netiquette

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 17:26

Well put Stacey, I hope many read and take note.

Beware of companies offering vouchers and cash back.

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 11:01

Small victory, got both £10 back after a few emails from me.

Grandpa had one just like it

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 16:21

I remember my grandad had a petrol lawn mower. I burnt my hand on the hot engine part, I must have been about 3 years old. Hurt quite a bit at the time, but my grandad could do no wrong in my eyes and I still followed him about in the garden while he cut the grass.

It seemed a huge garden when I was small, full of places to explore and play, but when I visit my nan's house now, my grandad died some 20 years ago, the garden doesn't seem so big.

Many fond memories 

Beware of companies offering vouchers and cash back.

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 20:00

Thanks all.

They refunded me one of my £10, but I've complained to them and asked for the other..."Shy bairns get nowt," and all that.

Trying to raise a little awareness and turn something positive out of the situation.

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