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happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591
My sentiments exactly. So many people say to me as they marvel at the size of my garden "Do you do it all yourself" as if it were a chore. I assure them it does not seem like work because I enjoy every minute of it. Another way to make most use of a tiny plot is to grow smaller plants. It does not take many square metres to grow hundreds of species of alpines. The square foot way of growing vegetables is also a solution. Or invade the house like I have. Very seldom does the conservatory get any other use than growing plants, or the window-sill all round the bungalow. Perhaps if developers cannot provide a big garden in a new development they should consider having deep windowsills.


  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 479
    I loved Diarmuid Gavin's garden it was so different. I agree with happymarion about making the most of a small plot, my garden isn't very big yet I've got so much packed into it. I've grown Lilac trees and Silver Birch in pots and use smaller plants. My gardening overflows onto the kitchen window sills, so like Diarmuid's garden every space can be used. Well done Diarmuid it was just brilliant.
  • kaycurtiskaycurtis Posts: 111
    I loved Joe Swifts garden and really pleased that he got gold, now going on to the tower garden it gives you an idea what can be achieved with planting on blocks of flats to hide the hidiuose things from view.
  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484
    I was amazed by how big Mr Gavin's "garden" was - the pics on the TV didn't do it justice. It was enormous. And it also highlighted what can be done with a bit of imagination, some compost and some plants, in pots and containers, 100 foot off the ground. I often think how little imagination some of us Brits have when it comes to high rise living, wheras on the continent, if you walk or drive past a high rise block of flats or apartments, practically every balcony has a pot of something growing in it, even if its just a geranium. If only some of all these new modern city developments that have become so predominant in all our city's and towns took inspiration from Mr Gavin's garden, the world would be a much greener and pleasant place. Perhaps the developers of city apartment blocks should be made to install window boxes and provide at least on plant, a a bag of compost to all new residents to get them going.
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