Gardening Aspirations For 2018

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    For a lot of gardeners water butts are an essential. You can get slimline ones :blue thumb:
     
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      I already have a water butt
       
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        This year Im planning on carrying out some Guerilla Gardening. Ive a dozen Chestnut trees that need to be planted , a couple of Chusan Palms and some packets of Grow Wild flower seeds too.
         
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          :waggy: Now where on earth have *you* been hiding!? :slaphead:
          Good to see you back :handshake:
           
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            Thanks M.

            Just been released on parole.................................just joking:whistle:

            My only crimes are caried out in the garden, theres death and suffering everywhere:lunapic 130165696578242 5:
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                I had a similar problem with the gap between our tea-house and the rear fence.
                This is where I had to concrete the ground and fix a sturdy wooden and mesh frame over the gap under it to stop any foxes getting under there again.
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                I sorted the problem of the rain, by fixing some guttering to the roof. (The conduit is for the low voltage supply to some of my garden lighting and the bits of polystyrene cover the air vents in the winter)


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                Any rainwater is fed down a pipe into the rear border, which has a low curtain wall. So the area behind the building stays pretty dry. It also keeps the top of the fence dry and stops any water dripping into the house behind our's garden.

                You can just about see the pipe in this photo.
                You might be able to do something similar, but catch the water in a butt.



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                  This is roughly the view from the house (augmented somewhat). The flowers etc will in most likelihood come forward from where they are in this mock up. In theory I could put a slimeline water butt against the cage behind the tree. It might blend in a bit better there.

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                      Yes I have one of it in flower: on the left, dark pointy leaves with the star like tiny pink flowers. Beneath those flowers (centre bottom) are the more pointy bracts of flowers of a pink astilbe and the flower head to the right, with the green leaves, is a hydrangea (Bailmer's "Endless Summer" range).
                      Each of those star shaped flowers turns into a beautiful, glossy, black berry.

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                        I know how you feel :snorky: :snorky:. It can be most frustrating at times, but if don't try you will never know what you are capable of achieving.
                         
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                          I've been doing some thinking about my bath pond. I'm aiming to have it up and running soon, although I've a way to go with planting and general landscaping. Today I am hoping to get a few hours gardening time in and one of the things I was planning on is digging out an area next to the pond to create a Bog garden. I'm wondering if I should have used the bath as the Bog garden and dug out a new pond using liner :scratch::dunno:. I can still do this but it will take more time and delay me. I've been doing some reading online about wildlife ponds and ( predictably ) this has caused me to start second guessing myself :gaah:.
                           
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                            I think (but not sure) @ARMANDII has a bog area by his pond. Maybe he can give advice.
                             
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                            I believe he does but his is connected to his pond. Mine will be separate but very close to each other.
                             
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                              We noticed a big increase in midges etc when we put our bog garden in. Not really a problem but did make a difference
                               
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