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John Biggins, My Garden (AB42)

Styles: Suburban, Contemporary

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Boggy damp conditions, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH: Acid

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Exposed

April 2013 New build garden, we are currently designing our garden and plan to have hard landscaping laid within the next couple of months. We can than start to plant out to give plants a bit of a start before winter. November 2013 Update. Good progress made over the summer months, patio and paths now in, lawn laid, dividing fence installed. Now putting in beds which required some french drains due to clay soil. All work done by ourselves which at times was heavy going. Started to plant up one bed, because we are starting from scratch, we need to purchase a large number of plants. It's amazing what you can pick up at this time of year in edge of town stores, we got quite a number of healthy plants for as little as £2 although we may lose some of them over the winter. Next spring, make raised beds for veg, with decking for ease of access, continue planning and planting and enjoy it.

John Biggins's garden plan

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John Biggins

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About me
After 23 years in our last house where we had the garden pretty much as we liked it, we have moved to a new build house and the garden is just a sticky patch at the moment. We took some sample plants from our last garden (left plenty for new owners) and they are with our daughter at the moment. Currently planning our garden and hard landscaping will start in about 6 weeks. Looking forward to setting out the garden just as we want it from the start rather than battling with it for years (ref. previous garden).

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
We have established full gardens in our last two homes and got pretty good results.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Clay soil. Where we stay in Aberdeenshire, the area soil has a lot of clay, from the granite I suppose. In our previous garden we had to hand dig borders (with a trowel) around roots and established plants to remove clay, put in perforated drainage system and replaced with good quality top soil.

The gardening project I am currently working on
New garden approximately 1/4 acre site. Rear garden takes around 2/3rds of the site. Good to get to plan from the start and ensure a good drainage system and top soil are in place before we start planting. We have a 1.5 metre level drop over 32 metre l

John Biggins's forum posts

Re: Re: C. Nootkatensis Pendula
Fri. 29th November 2013 19:25

C. Nootkatensis Pendula
Fri. 29th November 2013 13:01


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