The advanced gardening thread


#161

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#162

Is that a large chicken coop in the background?


#163

I’ll be losing the big patch, but the 4 raised beds at the back will stay with the compost heaps. I’ll probably put a low hedge around it. Still have to figure out how I’ll landscape it all but I’ll wait until the pools finished to do that. We’ll have a wooden deck from the back door (where the photo was taken)) overlooking the pool as well.


#164

No, unused house belonging to neighbors. Unused I say lightly, I think they store the bodies of backpackers there.


#165

No, it’s the mobile home he lives in. He’s parked beside the graveyard you dozy gimp.


#166

You could rent your new multi level graveyard to them. Long term income.


#167

It’s started growing :clap:
Its only a fraction of the size of its planting companion but it has come on a lot this week.

Just picked up the last of my tomato plants this morning and going to throw in some lettuce and spinach as well. I’ve cucumber plants which I grew from seed nearly ready to be planted too.


#168

Awesome stuff. You should have a look for 5 colour chard seeds, the best crop you can grow in a home garden


#169

Late spring garden, has been relatively cool so the asian greens, spinach and kale have done well. Can’t wait to dig the spuds.


#170

That’s a daycent oul spread now that is.


#171

First strawberries of the year should be ripe for picking at the weekend :clap:


#172

I believe, as is the tradition, the Dubs are on their way to Wexford this weekend to do so.


#173

:smile::smile::smile:


#174

Hi guys, I’m starting on a smallish garden and would love some advice as I’m a novice. I’m thinking photinia red robin as a hedge to block out the neighbours over the back wall. Then I really just have one side of the perimeter to play with. I want something relatively low maintenance and possibly perennial. I like the lavenders and fuschias of this world but understand they won’t coexist. Any thoughts?


#175

I don’t know myself about a flowering shrub in a hedge. If you want to block off the neighbours, build a wall. You can work away on your side then with whatever you want.

Putting a flower bed in front of a hedge is a disaster as far as trying to maintain a hedge is concerned. I know, I have one.


#176

Clarkey, Photinia is a very aggressive, fast growing plant that gets very high and can be a real bully. You’re going to need to trim it properly at least twice a year. If the garden is small, I’d consider something else, maybe a row of conifers? Talk to your local garden nursery, ir have a walk around the neighborhood and see whats been successful in other gardens. Photinia needs a lot of sun as well.
Lavender shouldn’t be a problem, can get very woody and leggy if not maintained, I tip prune mine into balls, but I can have it in the garden year round, I’d suggest pots for you.
Fushcia’s - pots or hanging baskets.


#177

Sounds like the Italian that had you shivering in your underpants…


#178

Perimeter? Flash bastard.


#179

Interesting Fitzy. My folks recommended Photinia. Is there anything that coexists with lavender? I want to put it in a flower bed rather than pot it. Happy to pot the fuschia.


#180

There is a wall there already that can’t be built up further. The flower bed will be at a right angle to the hedge rather than in front of it.