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Fiona Kennedy's forum posts

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Small compost bin or heap

from Fi

Hi Jo
Personally I would still have a bin or a small heap, even if it's woody prunings - shelter for hedgehogs, solitary bees and loads of other beneficial insects. My frogs shelter in mine too!

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 19:18

Lesson Learned!

from Fi

I've now repositioned it against the summerhouse, with guy rope hooks on the frame! But think I'll put something heavy in the bottom too - unfortunately I had used the compost that was in there and only had trays and pots - flying pots all over the garden.
Plus today in retrieving everything was that my new (2 month old) wildlife pond is full of tadpoles! I thought they'd been destroyed in the late Feb snow, so I was very delighted.
I'm going to upgrade I think, and add my plants and a plan. Really got the bug now.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 19:15

Ever changing!

from Fi

Hi Emma, I've just started to get active again on here after illness stopped me last year! Like you I inherited many plants, 12 years ago now! I would suggest just weeding and watching this first season as you never know what lies beneath the soil - many surprises I expect! Take some photos summer, autumn and winter to remind you next Spring where things are. Then you can get going, pruning, moving, replacing - having loads of fun! Be glad to watch our for your questions, as a keen amateur I might be able to add to the more professional!
Enjoy yourself and don't be scared of it - it's yours now!

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 13:08

Bit late - a few more

from Fi

A few that I have put in (also new wildlife pond) which will establish quickly:

Geranium pratense (the perennial one, not pelargonium!) - these form lovely clumps and drape into the water so the frogs/insects can get in and out.
Grasses - any you like.
Ajuga reptans
Ground Ivy
I also have several iris in one place, which I've found the dragonflies use to perch on
oh yes - kniphofia also for airborne insects.
Depending how much room you have, you can grow the coloured stemmed dogwoods - I have two red and yellow (cornus) which I coppice, great for birds etc.
Put some large pebbles for a beach effect in the shallowest bit, the butterflies use this as well as the birds.
Happy ponding

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 11:16

'Borrowing' your tips

from Fi

Hi Jo
I'm going to confess that I am borrowing the tips you've had - hope neither of you mind!
I don't have an allotment, but have started digging out an area of about 20 sq m at the top of my garden. I've made one large bed, taking half of it, using wooden boards to keep it separate from the paths. This is for runners, peas, mange tout, and tomatoes I think. I have quarter of the plot in semi shade for my potatoes (Charlotte - chitted in the kitchen), and two 1 sq m link a bords (let you know how they do Jo) for herbs, lettuce and the other for brassicas after the early salads have been eaten. Got to try to find room for carrots too.
I'm also planning on growing sweet peppers and chillis, but think I'll do these in pots on the sunny patio. So lots of work to do for me too!
I lost my first lots of seed planting in the gales, so starting again when I can get myself off here.
Will follow your progress.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 11:05

Air-borne seeds!

from Fi

Hi all
Encouraged by your posts on starting your seed-planting last week, in the warm weather I started a few pots and trays and put them in my 3-tier plastic greenhouse happily anticipating the next few weeks surprises.
Well - what a surprise. A few days ago we had gale force winds and the entire greenhouse was lifted up and deposited on my patio - soil everywhere! Luckily it missed my sheltering pots of acer, camelia etc, phew.
Going to try again this weekend - but it's still cold and windy, so in the dining room this time! Just have to keep the cat off the window sills.
Enjoying these forums very much.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 10:51
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Only just seen your message

from Fi

Hi Emma
Did you manage to post a thread in the end? Click on forums and there is a click for Start a new thread I think.
Have you started your veggie plots yet? I've made two raised beds in sun for peas, beans, tomatoes, salad stuff. Also a more shady area for brassicas, and half shade for potatoes and more over wintering veg.
Hope you've found lots of hints.

  • Posted: Wed. 25th March 2009 16:26

A living barrier

from Fi

Hi Joanne
I have a buddleia in front of mine. It shields it in the summer and brings butterflies and bees, you cut it down some in the winter but still have some cover, and in March you cut it almost to the ground when you need most access to your compost bin! It soon grows again and repeats the cycle.
Try it, they're very inexpensive and save digging in loads of posts etc.
F x

  • Posted: Tue. 24th March 2009 20:19

Maybe early simple flowering

from Fi

Hi Georgie
I garden for wildlife too and have found that the simple, early flowers attract the insects much more than the later ones. I have ground ivy (small dark green leaves and blue flowers), yellow celandine, also the ground cover cotoneaster with its tiny flowers and later red berries seem to be a hit. If you can fit one or two in, small trees or shrubs like philadelphus or rosemary seem to overwinter ladybirds, also sedum vulgaris - the old fashioned not the hybrids.

  • Posted: Tue. 24th March 2009 20:15

Evergreen climber

from Fi

Hi Georgie
I have a trach .... jasminoides (can't remember full name), basically an evergreenjasmine. I have it in the corner at the back of my house, north and west facing, mostly shade except mid summer. It's beautiful, and smells glorious in the summer!
Best, Fx

  • Posted: Tue. 24th March 2009 20:07