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janine stothard, My Garden (CV21)

Styles: Suburban

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moisture-retentive

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South

Exposure: Sheltered

small town garden, 33ft x 18ft - new build house moved in, in May 09 all turf at the moment with a small patio area that i did myself over two days, shed at the bottom of the garden and an apple tree next to it that was my first garden purchase, as i have always wanted an apple tree I have now planted a few shrubs, the soil is terrible thick clay and builders rubble, and when you go down a ft foundations from the old factory that used to be on this site - it took 5 hours to dig a hole to plant 1 beech tree - i had to go buy a pick axe to get out the old foundations - thinking of building a rock garden to use up said dug up very large stones!

janine stothard's garden plan

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janine stothard

janine stothard

About me
single mum of 3 moved into my new build house nearly two years ago, so blank canvas for a garden just turf and a shed. I used to live in a large village property with a very large garden front and rear with very sandy soil, I planted it in a cottage garden style and loved my garden, so my new small garden in town with heavy clay is alien to me, all the plants i loved especially penstomens have failed miserably . I planted an apple tree (james grieves) within the first month of moving in, i also have a patio crab apple in a large terracotta pot and last year the apples on both were brilliant so i have had one success so far, the only other plant that has done well are foxgloves, they have self set themselves all over. I have just laid a patio, that i am so proud of it took me two days, but i did it all on my own.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
my old garden, jam packed full of cottage style plants, a riot of colour all spring summer and into autumn, also had a section by the back door that was laid out as a formal herb garden

Biggest gardening frustrations
new garden, no structure and heavy, heavy, thick clay that is slimey and impossible to dig Slugs and snails, summer of 2012, unbelievable!

The gardening project I am currently working on
stage 1 of my garden was the patio stage 2 will be a circular lawn stage 3 will be a dry stone wall to make a raised bed at the bottom of the garden as the soil is so wet you sink into it even grass will not grow stge 4 will be planting :)

janine stothard's forum posts

Re: Boggy Soil - help please
Thu. 1st August 2013 17:39

Re: Re: Boggy Soil - help please
Mon. 29th July 2013 21:54

Boggy Soil - help please
Mon. 29th July 2013 20:17

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