Hi I am another new lady to join so just want to say hello and happy gardening. I have a smallish cottage type garden which I am trying to keep in some sort of order with the help of TV and gardening magazines all I want now is the gardeners themselves and their expertise.
Hi lizyann and welcome
I too have a cottage garden and look forward to hearing about yours and maybe sharing pics if you have some
Hi and thank you for your welcome Beaus mum. I shall have a new bed to plant up now I hope because my next door neighbour is having the conifer hedge that is up one side of my garden out today and a fence put up yipeeeee it was not worth putting anything good in before because my neighbour had to come round to trim it and trample all over it so now I have got some work and planning to do.
Thank you for your welcome as we'll Dovefromabove
Hi, I'm new ish too, though I have posted on a couple of boards. I'm renovating a garden that was all buddleia and bramble six months ago. It also has a huge amount of concrete and an old pond so it's all new territory for me.
I'm hoping to make a garden in keeping with my 1930s house. I've put in a hellebore, some lavenders and was given a laurel. Currently working on some structural things like a pergola and repairing border edges, although A stiff back is slowing me down today.
I look forward to getting to know people and plants here.
Looking forward to following the progress of your garden
Welcome. Sounds like you've got your priorities right - structure first. Newt is soil preparation which is best done thoroughly so you only have to do it once.
One tip once you have your edges done is to pile on lots of compost and/or well rotted manure and let the worms and weather work it in over wnter. Easier than digging, especially for your back. In spring you can then simply fork it over, removing any weeds and stones as you go then rake it over and plant in spring. This way you have all winter for playing with layouts and plant lists.
Get some bulbs in now if you can though as they need all winter to grow their roots to be ready to put up shoots and flowers next spring.
New shrubs and roses are best planted in autumn as they then have all winter to grow new roots, especially the feeding roots and shoudn't need extra watering next year. However, if you haven't yet got the soil ready or haven't yet decided what to grow, you can also plant container grown specimens at any time of year as long as soak the roots before planting and you keep them well watered till the autumn rains come.
Nice to meet you Lol
we did a similar thing here 8 years ago. I think patience was the biggest lesson