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I'm scared!

having spent all winter learning, and formulating my plans for the garden this summer, collecting seeds, researching and researching more, asking a zillion questions here, and then digging and improving my new borders.... I'mm now terrified to start! im suddenly frightened that my 'cottage garden' is going to actually be a messy overgrown out of control patch, or that none of my seeds will grow! What if slugs get them? (although ive yet to find a slug or snail in my garden...) or what if the birds eat them? or what if its too warm? too cold? too wet? freaky frost or snow arrives? what if what if what ifffffffffff......

We just moved to this house last year, and the neighbours have been watching my soil improving efforts with great interest for weeks, (ive ended up chatting to lots of them about it!), but now im thinking that they must be waiting for this amazing garden extravaganza... and im going to fail miserably... is this normal?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    You won't fail, LH. not everything will go right but that's part of gardening.

    If you've done your research and asked all the questions you won't be planting rhodos in chalk or bog plants in a gravel bed. Plants naturally grow and they will.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • im actually just planting lots of different hardy annuals so surely theres not even that much that COULD go wrong.. right? 

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    What's the worst that could happen?    Nutcutlet's right - there'll be successes and failures and some things that just turn out differently.    Hardy annuals will be fine if you just stick 'em in the ground and brilliant if you look after them a bit.  And it'll depend on the weather of course.  Maybe keep some seeds/plantlets in reserve to replace losses?


    And, do grow something to eat!

  • Im growing strawberries in a pallet, but only my front garden has proper earth.. the back and side are all paved / decked, and much as I would love a proper veg plot... im not sure my front garden is the place for it!

  • PhasmidPhasmid Posts: 41

    I had the same feelings with my first garden 4 years ago. I did exactly the same as you - lots of hardy annuals. Even the ones that didn't work out we're fine because others did so well they more than made up for it. It was, seriously, one of my best ever experiences watching that garden grow. I couldn't believe it. 

    My expectations were low and I was AMAZED! Don't worry, even if some things don't work out other things will far exceed your expectations. It sounds like you've don't lots of research which is more than I did and I still had success so with all the work you've done I'm sure it will be wonderful. 

    Everything you've pictured in your mind will be exceeded! It's wonderful! 

    Make sure you post some pictures in the summer so we can see the results!

    I'm starting again now with a new garden much bigger than the first one. I've had a few of those "agh!" Moments but I have faith in nature (and sweet peas). 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,929

    Even after 20 years of gardening, I still start spring thinking that seeds wont germinate, that all my perennials will fall off their perch and that shrubs will develop unspecified but deadly diseases.

    Most of these things dont happen, but one of the wonderful things about gardening is that death does not have to be a disaster, look upon it as a new planting opportunity.

    Plants want to grow, yours will and you will love your garden, it is pre-ordained.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739

    Phasmid - sweet peas can transform almost anything can't they image

    They should be available on the NHS doc!

    One small piece of advice I'd give is - get some height - don't have everything on a similar level. It can look very dull even if you have lots of colour. And the aforementioned sweet peas will do the job very well Loganberry. A few wigwams dotted around will make a big difference image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • great idea,.... im going to grow sweet pea along the back fence, but maybe i need some in the front too!

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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Getting right first time is boring anyway, and non-eductional!  We learn from mistakes.  Eventuallyimage

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