Hello, just been reading your thread, the garden looks really good. I have/had a new build garden and tried to make it look good but it's a bit crap really, I didn't have a clue when I started it and I think it shows! Being an apprentice gardener must have helped. Your neighbour on the right appears to have drawn the short straw in garden width!Question - and I'm sure many people can answer this, but when you have quite a big, deep border, how do you access the plants at the back without crushing the ones in front?? To dead head for example. I'm going to widen my border this year, OK I could leave gaps, but the best borders do not look like they have gaps!
Hi! Thanks for
stopping back. How long have you been in your house for now? I'm sure
it's not looking crap. Feel free to message me with any questions,
although I'm sure you're knowledgable in the area, you are a member
on gardeners world forum after all :P
Yes they did draw
the short straw! and i hope they aren't reading this I'm still
surprised at the size of my garden for a new build (shared
In regards to
getting to the back of borders, like some people have said, stepping
stones can work, or if there is enough space a narrow board to stand
on. I guess sometimes it can't be avoided stepping on the soil, I
just try to do it as little as possible and cultivate the area after
What an amazing transformation! Well done! Much hard work has gone on there - love to see it end of summer.
Thank you tuikowhai, it has been a lot of hard work, looking forward
to hopefully being rewarded for it in summer
Today I was planning on mulching the borders, however...I ended up
double digging all the way up the left hand side and part of the back
(levelled it off), added compost and some topsoil to the bottom of each trench and
forked it in. It was hard work and took all weekend just to do the
left hand side...
Once I plant perennials/grasses and the palms etc it will be hard
to properly dig the borders. So i thought it was worth double digging for the last time. Next weekend I'll work on the rest of the
back and the right hand side of the garden...
Then I can mulch which will make it look really nice and help
improve the soil again..
See you next week