New flower bed


alp

Joined
Mar 20, 2017
Messages
14,119
Reaction score
13,530
Location
Essex
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
United Kingdom
Thank you for the tip. I'm storing my bargain buy for next year..

upload_2017-12-10_21-23-25.jpeg


Here to jot your memory .. Greater Dixter was his patch. Judging from your photos, you don't need him. No need to know. ;)
 
Ad

Advertisements

Colin

Retired.
Joined
Sep 17, 2017
Messages
1,634
Reaction score
2,490
Location
Huddersfield.
Hardiness Zone
7
Country
United Kingdom
Hi,

Please excuse me regarding colour; a while ago Bron and I did a colour blind test online; out of 24 samples Bron got 24; I got 3 so I'm hopelessly colour blind. Taking this into account then I'm with Christopher Lloyd and not only that I've been informed a few times I'm a Christopher Lloyd double. I presume it's the same Christopher Lloyd as here;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Lloyd

Bron and I think he's great in Taxi as Jim and Bron thinks I'm just great. (y):D:D:D

Kind regards, Colin.
 

Colin

Retired.
Joined
Sep 17, 2017
Messages
1,634
Reaction score
2,490
Location
Huddersfield.
Hardiness Zone
7
Country
United Kingdom
Hi,

Thanks for enlightening me alp; just showing my ignorance in gardening matters. :(

Kind regards, Colin.
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2015
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
2,017
Location
Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United Kingdom
Thank you for your compliments @Fagiolino. :)

Yes, only a fork and spade. Not wishing to sound big headed but I have a natural ability for precision cutting, the same goes for levelling, I rarely need any assistance.

I don't always get it right with the flowers I plant or what I choose to grow. :oops: But I grow as much as possible from seed or cuttings.
 

alp

Joined
Mar 20, 2017
Messages
14,119
Reaction score
13,530
Location
Essex
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
United Kingdom
The more I see others' handiwork, the more I think I should give up my sort of planting ..or messing about in the garden.
 

alp

Joined
Mar 20, 2017
Messages
14,119
Reaction score
13,530
Location
Essex
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
United Kingdom
Hi,



Don't you dare alp. :LOL:

Kind regards, Colin.
If you see the state of my garden, you will think what I have been up to??? Very sad! Even after I cleared the mess, I had two planter beds and now they are covered with bolted vegs and stinging nettles. I don't even go there .. Need a handyman like you! Or concreting the whole lot!
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2015
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
2,017
Location
Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United Kingdom
I'll second that Colin....don't you dare give up @alp !

Quite often new gardeners are told to select one part of the garden at a time to work on so that it's not too daunting, may be that's the way to go. Or have a gravel garden that's easier to keep. :)

Internet picture
 

Colin

Retired.
Joined
Sep 17, 2017
Messages
1,634
Reaction score
2,490
Location
Huddersfield.
Hardiness Zone
7
Country
United Kingdom
Hi,

Oh dear alp; 6" thick concrete would certainly suppress any weeds in fact suppress anything and I can happily loan you my pet cloud Blackie to keep the dust down? :)

Kind regards, Colin.
 

Colin

Retired.
Joined
Sep 17, 2017
Messages
1,634
Reaction score
2,490
Location
Huddersfield.
Hardiness Zone
7
Country
United Kingdom
Hi,

I'll second that Colin....don't you dare give up @alp !

Quite often new gardeners are told to select one part of the garden at a time to work on so that it's not too daunting, may be that's the way to go. Or have a gravel garden that's easier to keep. :)

Internet picture
Excellent advice Sheal and I for one fully endorse it. (y) I never ever thought I'd even attempt to dig our rear garden over because it's so steep and full of roots and stones; at one time I considered buying an Howard rotavator but friends who use one of these rotavators on their allotment convinced me it would be too dangerous; the roots too would overpower it.

Over the last few weeks though I've done exactly as advised to you alp by Sheal and I started in one bottom corner digging by spade the old fashioned way; I went through roots pulling these out as digging proceeded also stones were cast aside; after the first hours graft I was hot but I could see some progress; spurred on by this I started to increase the area already dug over; in all it must have taken at least a month involving removing a long hedge and digging up the stumps and roots but I kept at it some days digging for an hour other days digging for two hours but now I'm finally on top of the digging only being beaten by our dire climate. Many days I was frozen by the cold weather; I was rained and hailed on also Gale kept trying her best to blow me over but I'm stubborn and won through.

Bron has kindly bought me a new Hyundai rotavator for Christmas and now the roots; stones and other assorted debris has been cleared and a lot of the garden dug to about 6" deep I'm looking forward to playing with the rotavator next year.

Cover your arms; legs and hands alp and show the nettles who is boss; nettles pull out easily but heavy gloves are needed; I always have a dozen pair of rigger gloves in stock and these gloves are perfect for such work. How big is the area you want to clear alp? I think though such a job is now best left until next springtime? Good luck. (y)

Kind regards, Colin.
 

alp

Joined
Mar 20, 2017
Messages
14,119
Reaction score
13,530
Location
Essex
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
United Kingdom
I'll second that Colin....don't you dare give up @alp !

Quite often new gardeners are told to select one part of the garden at a time to work on so that it's not too daunting, may be that's the way to go. Or have a gravel garden that's easier to keep. :)

Internet picture
Very nice of you to cheer me up. I'm thinking of hibernating myself. Hope I can get the job and do something worthwhile.
 

alp

Joined
Mar 20, 2017
Messages
14,119
Reaction score
13,530
Location
Essex
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
United Kingdom
Hi,

Cover your arms; legs and hands alp and show the nettles who is boss; nettles pull out easily but heavy gloves are needed; I always have a dozen pair of rigger gloves in stock and these gloves are perfect for such work. How big is the area you want to clear alp? I think though such a job is now best left until next springtime? Good luck. (y)

Kind regards, Colin.
I know I should do that and should post so many off topic threads here and then be told that I don't understand the difference among the structure of the site. I will make this a wish and hopefully you won't see me posting every day. You know Colin, people now favour no dig as they think digging disturbs soil and damage the bacteria and ecology of the soil structure. The damage could be quite bad. So after clearing up, you can just mulch and mulch and mulch and save hurting your arms and legs.. I think I could start a topic dig or no dig.. That way, I wouldn't be off topic.
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2015
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
2,017
Location
Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United Kingdom
Colin is right, a couple of hours here and there will get the job done. It doesn't have to be completed asap, gardening should be pleasurable not a chore. Pace yourself Alp, gardens are and endless job and from time to time we have to back away - take time out, even for a few weeks to regain that urge to get going again. :)

I think the no dig idea is a load of twaddle that somebody has thought up. :( The human race has been working the land for thousands of years, have they had issues growing anything other than the norm for those eras? Did they worry about soil structure etc.? Looking at it from another point of view.....if we don't dig the soil it compacts, compaction can create flooding because the soil doesn't drain properly. It also lacks air which is needed to help plants grow. Lawns are a good example and is why we spike them to let air in, when they become impacted more weeds grow and they choke with moss.
 
Joined
Apr 14, 2015
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
2,017
Location
Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United Kingdom
Welcome and thank you wisedude24. :)

It may be a while before the bed comes to anything as I wasn't banking on the last five weeks of either snow or frost holding up progress. More snow is expected this coming weekend. :rolleyes:
 
Ad

Advertisements


Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top