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First bed, new garden.

Discussion in 'Garden Projects and DIY' started by Sheal, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Sheal

    Sheal Total Gardener

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    I started this bed yesterday having received a gift of what will be a beautiful rose from a dear friend here on GC. Thank you again. :)

    Apart from a small unsuitable bed (for a rose) in the front garden there are no others in either front or back gardens. Most of us know that roses need plenty of sunshine so this area was the best option. It faces south-east and will capture the sun from early morning up until mid evening or later during the summer months.

    With no shape in mind I started to remove the turf and dig over the bed, creating the curves as I went along. At this point I had no idea of the type of soil either, half expecting it to be loamy clay.....

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    ......No, I was wrong! It's a mix of slightly loamy sand and stones. Easy enough to dig but it seems I've got myself a hungry soil yet again. :doh:
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    Digging my way towards the corner I discovered an electric cable coming out of the wall into the ground to the right of the outlet for the shower rooms. I'm surprised I didn't put the fork through that but I'm still here to tell the tale. :doh::) Giving it some thought that cable probably supplies the pump for the septic tank. I've put a roof tile over it temporarily for protection. I also need to think about plants to hide the ugly pipework.
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    With the turf now off I have to fine tune the curves, finish digging the bed over and get some manure and compost into the soil before planting up.
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    The rose being bare root it needed to go in the ground before it starts to freeze. It's now bedded in with manure at the base of the hole and blood, fish and bone mixed into the soil that I back filled with. It looks a bit lonely at the moment but I've got a couple of plants in pots to go in and a Sedum I've discovered that's currently being smothered by a Bamboo in the front garden.
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    Then comes the visit to my local nursery, that's the hard bit with to many plants to choose from. :biggrin:

    I was out there from noon 'til dusk today. As I was clearing up I looked up and spotted this....the first white stuff of the season!

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    • luciusmaximus

      luciusmaximus Total Gardener

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      What a wonderful garden you are going to be able to create Sheal, exciting times ahead:). And that view! Looks like you are lucky enough to be living in splendid isolation:). Look forward to more pictures.
       
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      • Verdun

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        Excellent Sheal. :)
        If mine I would make one big curve there. Easier to mow and would create a nice bold statement there....besides room for a couple more plants
        Whatever you decide enjoy choosing and planting :)
         
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        • Clare G

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          What fun! I think your new bed's going to give you a lot of pleasure. And meanwhile, what a lovely view that is!
           
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          • Sheal

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            Thank you all, your kind words are much appreciated. :thumbsup:

            I live in a rural area Lucius but not quite that isolated. Although I have the view from my garden it's about five miles away and taken with a zoom lens. :)

            The bed size is about 10ft x 10ft taking into consideration it's 'L' shape Verdun. I still have to improve the curves but won't be making it much deeper apart from the area by the steps. I'm considering creating a similar bed on the other side of those steps outside my kitchen but that area is mostly shade and a wind trap. Some thought needed about that. :)

            Bad weather stopped progress today.
             
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            • Verdun

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              Thats ok Sheal....I meant not to make it deeper as such merely to avoid the curve of grass inwards :)
               
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