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Fiona Kennedy's forum posts

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Designing planting around a pond

from Fi

I have a wildlife pond which needs attention! It keeps getting too low and I think I need to widen it a bit. Also, I have a mixture of slate and gravel on one side and wild grasses and plants around the rest. The hyssop has died, and the gunnera this year and I am left with red and white campion, some ferns and stipa grasses. Any tips would be helpful, especially with how to help the pond.

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 14:27
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Making new raised beds

from Fi

Over this winter/spring I would like to make some raised beds for vegetable growing. I have an area of about 5 sq m. Has anyone any tips of what wood, how deep, type of soil to add etc. I envisage about three with bark paths inbetween.

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 14:24
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Growing herbs

from Fi

I've found most herbs like an open sunny spot. I created a small raised area, surrounded by bricks and wood (you could use anything like that), planted Rosemary in the centre, then chives, sage, marjoram, thyme, parsley and mint round the outside, and then covered it with a few inches of gravel. They are doing really well - except the mint has grown into the middle and the sage is trying to take over! But I don't mind, it still looks lovely especially when the sage, tyme and rosemary flower. Lesson is - leave plenty of room for each plant - the rosemary will get very big, but you can cut it back to one stem and train it as a standard.

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 14:06

Shady privacy

from Fi

I would try Garrya Elliptica - it's evergreen and has lovely dangling fronds of seed. It likes shade too.
Otherwise try one of the viburnums - bodnantese dawn or similar.

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 13:55

Annual or perennial

from Fi

Hi - I think the garden centres sell these type of plants as bedding plants, which many people do dispose of the same year. However, depending on how tenderly they have been raised, certainly Campanula in my experience is a hardy perennial. Dianthus are quite tender, but snapdragons can come back if sheltered and if you leave the top growth on to protect them (they also self seed), same as penstemons, phlox and so on. I would recommend buying a good A-Z Plant Guide so yu can look them up. Anyway, it's good fun seeing what comes back the next year - and yu can always collect the seeds or cuttings just in case! So that yu don't forget where they were, put sticks in the ground or take photos when they're in flower.
Good luck gardening!

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 13:52