Container gardening help!

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Container gardening help!

Postby DingleDel » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:54 pm

Our garden is still a complete mess but we are reluctant to get it all sorted until we can afford decent fencing and that is not going to happen this year! I feel it's pointless working on the borders when they will get completely trash and trampled on when the fencing is eventually replaced.

I also have concerns over exactly what some of our neighbours are using as weed killers, over the last few years I have lost some well established plants; a lilac, a mahonia, a forsythia and the latest victim my lovely california lilac! :-?

Rather than put everything on hold we would like to grown some fruit, veg, herbs...etc in containers. Any recommendations would be much appreciated please. We have little experience and our garden is South-West facing so we get sun from mid-morning until sunset.
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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby Net » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:59 pm

We had new fwnicing up and the guys who did ours did minimal damage to our borders Adele :)

Likewise unless your neighbours were using horrendously strong weed-killers I wouldn't think they'd impact on your plants. Last winter was so harsh and cold for such a long time it killed many well established plants. Many popular plants aren't indigenous to the UK and prolonged cold and damp will see them off.

As for containers - well you can use just about anything. Quite a few places now sell containers which look like large sacks to grow potatoes in. Lots of things can be grown in good old grow-bags. The bonus of those is that once you've finished with then you can out the compost on your beds which will help enrich them.
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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby Kath » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:37 pm

You can also often get the flower buckets from the supermarkets for free. These are good for growing things in too...peas,beans etc. Not too many in a bucket but so long as you put drainage holes in the bottom they are fine. You will need to feed and water them.

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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby Carolyn » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:34 pm

although containers are easy to keep weed free they can take a lot of time watering, and the compost can be quite expensive. If you are not getting fencing done until the end of the summer why not put some veg in the borders and get the up before the fencing? You would have your borders dug over ready for new plants in the autumn.

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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby Calv » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:50 pm

If you are after a quick fix, don't forget Poundland does the big plastic planters and last week i got some of those sacks that Net mentioned, a quick and easy planter for a quid.

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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby DingleDel » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:05 pm

Well today we have dug up the what was once a small rockery border in front of the conservatory. Most of the plants I have just thrown, it had been taken over by Creeping Jenny (I think that's what it;s called!) I have dug up and tried to save some varieties of Sedum which I hope to replant later on.

We have put a few bags of topsoil out, a membrane, placed a few of the rocks back and put some of the slate, which we saved from the old patio, over the top. Now I am on the hunt for some nice little rockery/ alpine plants. Perhaps some Saxifrage(?),Aubretia(?) Not sure of what is good to plant out at this time of year- I want a mixture of plants to provide interest all year round, and with minimal care!

We haven't even managed half of the border but at least it's a start. It was rather hard going with the children constantly bickering and now I feel so guilty for wasting time in the garden when I have so much to do inside the house! :-?

Carolyn, using the existing borders is a great idea-in theory but I think it would take us far too long to prepare them. They are VERY overgrown! :oops: :oops:

I am now on the look out for a nice window box which Chris will hang under my kitchen window. My only concern is that hte cat will sit on it as she sits on the window ledge and cries to come in! :roll:
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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby Carolyn » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:22 pm

Ooh you have been busy :) sounds like a good job, and you can appreciate it in the summer.

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Re: Container gardening help!

Postby Net » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:08 pm

There's a couple of easy ways to tackle your very overgrown borders. Either cover them with something dark which will suffocate the weeds or use a systemic weedkiller which will just kill the plants.
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