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My small Hywel border is now complete.


I have removed all my hardy plants from their plastic
pots and replanted in this small area bedded down in
my Gerbil compost, so they can get on and enjoy putting their roots down and gaining strength and moisture from their new situation .
This method will eventually improve this little border and reduce my watering work next year. I have
put the plants fairly close, so it should look like Hywel’s garden next year.
Thanks for the photographs Hywel. You have been a great help.
The Lavender ‘hedge’ is flowering happily, enjoying the
Blood, Fish & Bone plus horticultural sand I mix with the
Gerbil litter of chewed cardboard, which is a great success as they were nearly dead before in this sub-standard clay soil.
Will spend the winter treating another part of the garden with the G.compost ready for Potatoes next year.
I have always enjoyed keeping pets, but never had any
that worked for me before !

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I'm glad to have been of help :) I hope your garden looks nice next year.

6 Aug, 2015


We can all learn by looking at photographs of member's
gardens. Gravel areas are good because they make a
different vista in a garden, can be enhanced with Grasses in pots, ornaments, and are low maintenance.
Putting herbaceous plants closer together saves weeding time if the land is Couch Grass and Bindweed free. Keeping a small area for seed sown summer plants together such as Sweet Peas also reduces work on the whole garden. Easier to keep a snail.slug watch.
I am a former allotment gardener, space prevents growing the whole range of vegetables now. Have had to learn to concentrate on Onions, Carrots and Potatoes as these need crop rotation. (None of us know the chemicals that farmers put on their fields to grow huge amounts of Potatoes. I have seen them, marked POISON in large letters. And a field covered completely in Slug Bait.) Herbs dont need so much watering in hot weather, so can be put in a dry place. Its all a question of knowing your plants, their feeding requirements, and availability of water.

8 Aug, 2015

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