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informal screening / softening of view of raised beds

Question from Michael Nolan

Hoping for suggestions...I have just had a veg flower garden created with high raised beds (high because I hope to graze sheep around them at times to keep the area informal but under control. However they start at the top of a slope about 30 feet long rising 6 feet from the house and look an eyesore being at eye level . The slope tapers but starts at about 30 feet wide I need low maintenance screen or at least something to soften the view about 8/12 feet high that is tough (windy here at 800 feet in Lancashire) thought of foreground rugosa backed with something taller such as field maple pruned as needed to control height but a bit boring maybe?? soil loamy a bit acidic shallow with rock and clay under but as a slope reasonably drained not shady any ideas appreciated

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  • Posted: Sat. 16th January 2021 13:05
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printing out in Shoot - key / numbers not aligned with plants

Question from Ellen

When I print my garden plan to paper or pdf, I have ticked box saying I want plants to be numbered so it's easier to look them up on the key. But the numbers are not nicely on top of the plant they are offset to the right, so with all the plants I have they are actually sitting on the wrong plants and totally confusing! Is there a wrong setting or someting I can change to align them? Thankyou

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  • Posted: Mon. 12th October 2020 14:22

What size compact tractor do I need?

Question from DerekShellman66

If you plan to use your tractor for mowing in addition to other basic farming tasks, like manure handling, consider a compact tractor with 25 to 45 hp. Compact tractors are convenient and easy to use. They're small size also allows you to store them in a garage or shed.

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  • Posted: Mon. 21st September 2020 00:30
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Ribes Nigrum - please may we have a "Blackcurrant Plant" in the Fruit objects.

Question from Mr Paul Davies

I have tried to add Ribes Nigrum Baldwin from "My Plants" to the garden. However, I need to associate it with a "Fruit object" to enable it to be placed in the garden design. There is already a "Gooseberry Plant" and a "Red Currant Plant" - neither of which will accept Ribes Nigrum Baldwin as an association. If there was a "Blackcurrant Plant" fruit object then this could function in a similar way that the "Gooseberry Plant" does - ie: I also have "Ribes Uva-crispa" in "My Plants" but it is not associated with "Gooseberry Plant".

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  • Posted: Fri. 5th June 2020 14:08

Using the garden planner, how can I make my chosen ground cover 'go to the back'.

Question from Allison Mcintosh

Every time I try to put something on top of my ground cover such as a planter in the garden design planner tool on shoot, the ground cover appears over the top of it! How do I move the ground cover to the back of everything else?

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  • Posted: Tue. 26th May 2020 15:02


Question from Rachel

Does anyone know if Griselina can be planted as stand-alone plants? I want to plant a screen of shrubs for privacy against my neighbour's low fence.

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  • Posted: Sun. 3rd May 2020 14:51

Help! Advice on what to put in a newly designed garden

Question from Kristina Eriksson


We have recently terraced and designed our garden and it's time to start planting. I have two big flowerbeds, a couple of smaller squares (ca 70cm x 70cm), a narrow but deep trough at height... and various pots. The soil is heavy clay/alkaline and I've mixed in sand and top soil and dug the beds through (phew), but it's still quite heavy and lumpy... I've tried to choose plants that love that sort of thing... I've included two pics, one with annotations.

Some other considerations:
1. It's a south-facing garden but uphill on a north-facing slope, so while summers can be scorching because it's very sheltered, winters are dark and sun-less (and often wet..). You'll see the extreme terracing in the pics.

2. My main concern is picking a tree - i was thinking the evergreen magnolia but eucalyptus are also meant to be great for wet soils since they drink a lot, and they're very nice, too, and evergreen. And then the question is, where does it go? I was thinking the bottom flowerbed since it's the wettest and also has the most space (the squares on the left are only ca 70cm x 70cm) but I would love to hear views.

3. I'd like to have climbers on the sides since the walls on each side are tall and bare.

Thank you so much in advance.

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  • Posted: Sun. 5th April 2020 12:35
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Flash support

Question from Kate KCGD

Hi, Adobe have announced that they're not supporting Flash anymore, so I've downloaded the beta version of the planner. Since Flash is soon to be no more (!) will the beta be pulled through and have full functionality soon?

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  • Posted: Mon. 10th February 2020 10:38
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Why can't I associate more than one designer shape with the same plant from my wanted list?

Question from Allison Mcintosh

Trying to associate multiple designer shapes with the same plant (digitalis in this case) and can only associate it once!!! Looked in my wanted list and its obviously there and I can't see an option to add multiples... Anyone had this issue and can help?

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th January 2020 12:11
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putting in hedge boundaries in Garden planner.

Comment from Paul Willis

I'm very new to Shoot and need help with using the planning tool. My garden is surrounded on all 4 sides by hedges predominantly Hawthorn, with Ivy and some Holly. How do I create hedge boundaries in the garden planner?
I suspect I will have to just put in repeated row of hawthorn plants from tree/bush menu.
thanks. Paul

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  • Posted: Wed. 1st January 2020 17:22
  • Last reply: Tue. 7th January 2020 09:33