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Steve Peck, My Garden (NR27)

Styles: Coastal, Courtyards and small terraces, English cottage, Organic, Wildflower, Wildlife

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South

Exposure: Sheltered

My garden is a basement courtyard in the coastal town Cromer. The courtyard is south facing with one wall in full sunshine most of the day. I have one area where I arrange all the plants for shade. The other two walls are part sun/shade. I have 5 very ugly gas boxes along one wall and the garden has to be accessible for the other flat users to read their meters. I have a Labrador called Doug who makes container gardening interestingly challenging as he has to sneak behind me wherever I have been working, usually mark 'his' territory, parumph! The garden is very small, only 3 x 4 metres.

Steve Peck's garden plan

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Steve Peck

Steve Peck

About me
3 years ago I began taking plants, GYO, and simple design features in the garden more seriously. It enabled me to retreat from issues that were very difficult to deal with. In my first year I gained 2 silvers and a gold at the Cromer in bloom presentations. I have a very stressful job and I live extremely close to work, so it is imperative that the basement garden is my 'Shangri La', my escape. Issues with the environment here are noise (main road), overlooked by absolutely everyone, maintaining communal access, and having a dog. Love him but he doesn't have 'green paws'! I turned 40 this year and I want to dedicate more time to gardening and plants and would love to work with a nurseryman, and I am looking at RHS qualifications. My absolute ideal would be to grow produce for local people and businesses, sell my own sauces and dressings made from all things in the garden.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
2 silver awards and a gold from Cromer in Bloom competition 2011 with the highest points ever awarded, apparently! In 2013 added a further 2 Gold's and Overall Winner in Best Container category & Best Garden category.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Noise, space (courtyard is 3 x 4 metres), people thinking that a basement garden is an acceptable place to throw litter or the remains of a take-away. Ugly gas boxes (5) all along one wall. My dog as he suddenly learned he could cock his leg over the plants on the same week as judging began for this years competition. That required more patience and emergency replanting/positioning than ever! Slugs which require organic control (i.e. mass homicide on a nightly basis where prize blooms are concerned)!

The gardening project I am currently working on
Cromer in Bloom 2013, awards ceremony tonight! - Awarded Gold and overall winner for Best Container planting, and Gold & overall winner for Best Garden 2013. Working towards more naturalistic planting. Finding a Nurseryman to employ me & to learn from th


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