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May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:52 it is no longer a problem?  

It's funny how young children ruin all your stuff and spend all your money, but once they are older or left home, the garden can be nurtured and spoilt rotten.

I can't go two weeks without buying a plant, but they are just the best thing to put a smile on my face.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:22

Not a football or trampoline in sight

garden is just grass!!!!

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:18

Dig it. Add organic matter (from the chicken pen and more) and plenty of grit. You want to open the soil up. Clay sticks in sodden clumps that can be easily compacted and whilst it can be fertile, it needs breaking up into small pieces and keeping light and fluffy.

No walking on the bed, use boards to disperse your weight evenly and really don't scrimp on the organic matter and grit. It's really hard work, but the plants will struggle without an investment of hard work first.

I'd also mulch the bed once you've prepared it, clay can bake solid in the summer.

That's all I know, thankfully I have sticky sand that turns to dust without mulch but is easy to dig.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:06

@HyppyByker, thanks!

@Kate, Oldest son lives with his girlfriend and is currently training to be a teacher. Middle son lives away from home also and is finishing uni this year whilst the youngest is in his teens, currently studying to get into uni in two years time.

All smashing young men who love their mum

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 14:32

Oh my three sons grew up on Lemon drizzle cake! That and family lasagne.

Drizzle in the garden constantly today, I have a bomb crater in my middle garden and the ugly Pampas beast is no more. I thanked it for its contribution over the years to my privacy and the neighbourhood birds' nests, and the mountain of compost it leaves in its wake. The ground is concave, the memory of sun shine is fading and my muscles hurt but here's to the future. 

Unhappy Euphorbia Wulfenni

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 10:12

Euphobia characias subs. Wulfenii is easy to grow since it will tolerate varied soils so long as its free draining, doesn't mind being exposed and will happily get on in some shade.

Saying that, I had one growing in really poor soil in my front garden that got shaded out by a large ceanothus and was looking extremely straggly so I chopped it back low and moved it to a semi shade border with slightly deeper soil in the back garden and the thing was instantly away. It's put on staggering growth in the last three years.

So, from my experience, it could be that there is some difference between the good one and the two that are unhappy. What this is, is difficult to assess without knowing your situation, but my novice guess would be too much shade or water. Study the movement of the sun or soil condition in their location over a period of time perhaps, alternatively, just move them anyhow. If I understand it to be the Euphorbia you have stated, it will grow very large and sprawling with time and unless you have a huge stately home, three together might all get a bit forestry.

Repetition in the garden is good, so personally, I would dig up the two sickly ones, inspect the roots and replant in desirable positions to show them off at their best. Good luck

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 09:36

Wet and overcast here in Kent.

When is the sun coming to stay?

compost heap out of control

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 09:35

Depends on the weeds. Annual weeds are fine but the compost heap would need to reach a high temperature to kill off perennial weeds and that just isn't practical for the average gardener.

Personally, I would skip the lot to save spreading weeds and seeds across the entire garden, but that's just me. If you want/need to sort through the pile, I would suggest sieving the lot at least.

Lets do the Timewarp again

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:11

There is no easy quick fix solution to what you are asking. To put your stamp on it is a personal decision, even if you hired a garden designer, they would work to a brief provided by you.

Start by working out what you want from your garden, agree a vision between you that encompasses your likes and avoids your dislikes.

Physically, remove anything that you hate in the garden as it stands and then work from there. You could work on the garden as a whole or in pieces, its up to you but if you at least know what you want and what you don't want, its a good place to start

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:46

KG, can you plant out and cover with horticultural fleece?

And yes, I agree about the overbearing monster Pampas. Mine has been too big for a few years now, (I also have a monster Laural, Ceanothus and Cherry tree that need hacking back this year).

Obviously, we planted these things in complete ignorance and at the time, a small plant in a huge garden didn't seem to be a problem. I had absolutely no knowledge of pruning for many years or even owned a pair of secateurs so things were left to grow. The Pampas also provided privacy and I have such a big garden to fill that it took up space in a very cheap way. 

It's incredibly hard work removing the rotted stump, but it doesn't suit my style anymore, which is quite formal with a splash of romantic, and if I'm honest, I will only miss the plumes. the rest was ugly. Hubby is already budgeting for the trellis and arbor and I'm busy trying to get my vision onto paper. It will be the first time I have ever actually planned a border, usually I buy plants I like and then wonder round for weeks or seasons trying to figure out where it should live.

So I will take all the time I need to get the structure planting right because they will grow and be a trouble to the Pampas.

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