Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:I couldn't believe the lack of gardening threads that came up when I did a search! So here comes a gardening tips thread!

My house has a little courtyard with a little garden, and for ages I have been meaning to get into it and make it into something that isn't just overrun with weeds. I realise that the first (and huge step!) is to get rid of the weeds, but unless I have a plan, I don't think I will even get that far!

I want to have a little herb garden and maybe a strawberry patch. But also some nice colourful things that require minimal attention and aren't expensive to buy. (Thinking of getting some wormwood after seeing on a tv show that it can survive on rainwater, plus it sounds hardcore to say "i have wormwod in my garden" wink )

Any ideas? Tips? Typs of herbs? Anyone else have gardening problems to share?


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Mr Majestik
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Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:.....just dont?

i feel sorry of the weeds, its not their fault they're so good at growing. i say let the strongest survive! biggrin


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Location: Hastings
Member Since: 2nd Jan 2004
Total posts: 4172
Posted:Don't use a big tub of weed killer!
My mum and my step dad are doing our little garden up at the momant. It was overrun with bramble and weeds. They did half of the job with a hand sythe, then got bored, and went out and bought a big spray tub of weed killer (the type you strap on your back :eep:) and have sprayed the whole garden with the stuff frown
It's killed all the weed's and plants, and they're still going to have to sythe all the dead stuff away.
They migth as well have done the job with the sythe in the first place, wthout killing lots of insects and things and putting nasty chemicals in the ground frown


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Birgit
Birgit

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Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:any questions, pm Sunbird, he's a trained gardener (though he's not good with houseplants tongue)

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misscorinthian
misscorinthian

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Location: Bristol
Member Since: 27th Sep 2005
Total posts: 784
Posted:Herbs are definately the way to go- they are cheap, can be very colourful, and the insects love them. Most of them require mininimal attention as well, and will be happy to grow in pots. Depending on the weather where you live it should be easy to find some that suit you. Can I also recommend Alpine Strawberries? (also called Wild Strawberries or Fraise du Bois). Once you pop these in you can leave them to it, and they will self seed themselves around your patch- even in cracks in walls and paths. The fruits are small, but highly flavoured, and a good plant will produce loads.

As for the weeds, that just takes time. What season is it where you are? It would make sense to do some clearing while they are not growing so hard, and then when things start to warm up you can pull them up as and when they appear. If you do have to resort to weedkiller then look for a glyphosate one. It only affects the weed you spray it onto and biodegrades away afterwards.

I have produced a garden and an allotment from scratch- it is hard but worth it!


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DrBoo
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Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 10th Oct 2005
Total posts: 453
Posted:Strawberries aren't too difficult to grow, and some herbs - but corriander isn't too easy. Courgettes are pretty rewarding too - but they grow very fast once they get going.
Peppers and chillis are fun to grow, I had lots of success with chillis one year. Same with tomatoes.
As for colour. This time of year it's ideal to plant bizzy lizzies. So my mum says. Can't say I've bothered.
Sweet peas aren't peas. They're not even much of a flower. What is the point of them?


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faith enfire
faith enfire

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Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:When I've done landscaping, I try to find plants that are somewhat native...
There is less need to take care of them, and with all the manicured gardens out there, it is a nice contrast...
of course, i like my roses carnations and daisies


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jo_rhymes
jo_rhymes

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Location: Telford, Shrops
Member Since: 10th Apr 2005
Total posts: 4525
Posted:Rouge, biggrin great idea miss! hug
I reccommend Basil- my mum grows hers on a window sill, and its great for just picking bits off to put in dinner.
Also for your garden how about a rockery? you could have tyme, parsley? it'd be really lovely I think biggrin
Remember to show us pics biggrin *excited*
ooh, how about a fairy garden?!! bounce


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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

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Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:hey rougie, are those plants your mum gave u still in that plastic bag on your front step. cos if they are, ive got a good tip

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Chimney
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Member Since: 15th Apr 2006
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Posted:My grandad rakes uneaten beans, fruit, veg and nutrient rich decomposable food from meals into his growing patch in the garden. Be warned, neighbours may accuse you of attracting vermin but it works and if you rake it in properly few rodents will appear.

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misscorinthian
misscorinthian

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Location: Bristol
Member Since: 27th Sep 2005
Total posts: 784
Posted: Written by: Chimney


My grandad rakes uneaten beans, fruit, veg and nutrient rich decomposable food from meals into his growing patch in the garden. Be warned, neighbours may accuse you of attracting vermin but it works and if you rake it in properly few rodents will appear.



Or you could compost it in a bin first- most you can buy are either rodent proof already, or can be made so smile


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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Member Since: 26th May 2004
Total posts: 10530
Posted:Hopwe none of you Birts are gardening. There's a water ban don'tcha know.

Oh yes. Three people have already drowned in this leathal drought.

umm


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Chimney
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Member Since: 15th Apr 2006
Total posts: 85
Posted:There is no waterban in Scotland I know of. We have enough water this year. I have had many a waterfight and hosed the garden alot. I also have a few waterbuts on the go but not much is being collected.

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Ade
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Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted: Written by: Rouge Dragon


I couldn't believe the lack of gardening threads that came up when I did a search! So here comes a gardening tips thread!




eek

I know - it's downright wrong...

anyhooo... ubblol

vietnamese mint is a good one for the herb garden - can be grown from a cutting from another plant and they take no looking after at all.

Fertilise regularly in the growing season and water maybe once a week - 2 weeks in winter... ubbrollsmile


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