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Raised, bordered vegatable beds (Something to think about)

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 18:18
Eddie J wrote (see)

 I have found that whilst it is usable even after long periods of storage, it only manages to keep plants/veg alive rather than helping them to put on grow. This point is very obvious after a sustained dry period where the plants aren't really putting on much grow, but get one night of decent rain and the shoot off.

I have also found watering from an outdoor tap is not the same for a plant as rain. I would love to know what the difference is if anyone knows? I always thought it might be chemicals but since Eddie is storing his water that would prove otherwise, but there is definitely a magic ingredient when it pours

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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 18:00

Three types of sempervivums (houseleeks) although I couldn't tell you their cultivars sorry, but one is the ordinary and very vigorous common type which I'm always dividing, with a bunch of the small hairy rosette type which is slower growing and the little pale coloured one at 11 o'clock was rescued from a pot infested with Vine weevils. I had one little stalk left and just stuck it in the gravel but it took well.

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:53

I love Hebes Kate, so easy to grow and I have a few that I can propagate from  

I will also check out figrat's options and certainly propagate the Vb. I have this in two locations in my garden and I'm lucky to have a large selection of shrubs and perennials that I can make more from (already eyeing up my Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii in the opposite border because I like repeats and wave plantings.

I've always wanted a smoke bush but didn't have a location before now, so maybe one of those. 

The really daunting part is making the right choices with the bones, because those are this things you have to live with and work the rest around. I think if you get the bones right, the rest comes with time.

Making my mind up will be the hardest part.

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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:42


Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:20

Yes, I am impatient and have a tendency to shift mature shrubs around which is easy to do on my soil.

I did consider after writing this post, that I have a full sun section in my front garden but I never planted with purpose there. Most of the shrubs were put there because the soil was so bad (Ceanothus and Buddleia) or to give them a temporary home until I worked out where I wanted them. but they grew too large to move. 

I will try to take my time getting the bones of the border worked out first. That will take a year at least with me, budget wise as well as making my mind up

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:11

I inspected my clematis today and found a fat earwig, bottom's up inside one of the buds! What a cheeky thing, it didn't even stop munching when I removed the flowerbud into a pot and took it some place else.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:47

Clearing here. garden is a bog but the skies are bluish

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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:45

hahaha. Cat looks so happy.

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:42

My garden is North-West facing which means the entire right side from the back door is unlimited sun (unless shaded by mature plants) and yet, I've never got round to cultivating a full sun border.

What sun worshipping plants I do enjoy are in the hot spots of my shade borders of which I have four, so you can see my excitement, having rearranged my veg plots to the very bottom patch, I now have a rectangle border measuring 19ft x 7ft in the middle garden, running from a rose arbour to a large Pampas grass. It's a blank canvas and the soil will be very poor quality and yet I am terribly excited, to work with full sun on sandy, free draining soil.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:49

I can't stand it any longer! Pulls hair out. Puts on gardening coat...wellies...zips up.

 "I am just going outside and may be some time".

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