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GARDENING ASPIRATIONS FOR 2021

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by ARMANDII, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. ARMANDII

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    Any ideas for this year?
     
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    • Sheal

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      I've copied and pasted my aspirations from last year 2020 below....

      1) I must finish creating a stencil for painting my house name and number on an allotted rock on the front wall. I started it six months ago but keep putting it off.

      The stencil didn't get finished and has since been abandoned as fences and gates will be erected in Spring this year. A post box with house name and number will be "planted" at the top of my longish, sloping drive instead to save the postman having to tackle the gates.

      2) A definite is to finish digging rocks out of my lawns, a job I've been trying to achieve for eighteen months. They're not compatible with a lawnmower blade!

      I didn't finish digging rocks but I've been working on that and still am.

      3) Create a couple of steps down to the area that houses my septic tanks.

      Yes, that's done the steps are in place.

      4) If I've managed to kill off the bracken, later in the year I will partly rebuild the boundary drystone wall as a marker between mine and crofters land.

      Most of the bracken has been dealt with, just the odd stem appeared this year. Correction: last year. I've been working on the boundary wall and that's still in progress.

      And for this year 2021.....

      1) Continue digging out rocks - not many left now :phew: and carry on with the boundary wall.

      2) Grow and plant out 3000 Aubrieta seeds to produce enough plants for the bank that slopes down to my septic tanks and pump chamber. They will be easier to look after than continually strimming grass.

      3) Start work on the 30ft long, new shrub bed that I cleared last Autumn.

      As with all us gardeners these jobs will be worked on in between the general day to day things like mowing lawns, pruning and preening etc. :)
       
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      • CanadianLori

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        1. Carry on with weeding my lawn. I think I got all the buck thorn seedlings but I'm suspicious that they might show up in spring because they are nasty survivalists!

        2. Try to get more perennials settled in earlier than the last minute trysie I pulled last fall.

        3. Become a "daytripper" by travelling further to visit more nurseries instead of just the ones close to home.

        4. Turn my greenhouse into a double paned structure. I've used the clear plastic that you tape inside a window and heat to draw it tight and now I want to replace it with 10 gauge ultra clear by taking the greenhouse apart and reassembling it. Means removing all the electrical, plumbing, everything.

        5. Try a small hydroponic set up. Okay, I've been thinking of this yearly for quite awhile but the pocket book prohibits action. So far. :fingers crossed:
         
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        • Sheal

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          Number 3 sounds good to me Lori. :dbgrtmb:
           
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          • Mike Allen

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            I like No. 3 also. The local garden centers soon become like the corner shop. You know where everything is and nothing changes.

            We had some friends who moved from Sidcup to Rustington, Nr. Arandul. When visisting, we would often visit a very large GC, coach loads used to go. The choice was so much greater, as good management gave greater selections etc.
             
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              Drains! Drains and yet more drains.....it's going to look like a bombsite for a while, but now half the year is ridiculously soggy, it's the only permanent solution. That and a solid path down to the veg plot and polytunnel.
               
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              • Sheal

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                I don't envy you that Noisette, :frown: after the events with my septic tank drainage last year.
                 
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                • rustyroots

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                  The big one for me this year is to turn the back shed, that is in a bit of a state into a pointing/grow shed. Need the roof replacing, insulating and electrical feed. Also want to put power to the GH at the same time.

                  Rusty
                   
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                    I have a new home now so new gardens!,full of pebbles mostly so need to remove them before i can have grass areas and plant more plants than the ones i fetched with me in july,small pond for the turtle in summer and outdoor electrics on list :)
                     
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                      I may build a small GH say 6x8 to house my lily collection. Also to sort out some Irises that are rapidly increasing. These are self seeded, or possibly donated by birds. The first couple of spikes/flowers appeared about 12 yrs ago. The flower is white and reminds me of the bird of paradise flower. It wasn't until recently, I decided to tidy up a bit as foxy had been doing some digging. I found that the roots were much the same as rhizomes, except rhizomes are usually found on the soil surface and all the jargon of sun-baked roots etc applies. These roots are similar but buried. Rather than having stiff fleshy roots, the latter are fibrous. Of course being buried just below the soil surface, they are softer and dampish. Strange. The roots have formed like a rope mat, similar shape to those pastries that look like two rings joined together. I have severed a few and potted for the time being and surface planting, just as a trial. I will try and add some photos later. I have several self germinated seeds of Iris forrestii ( that's the closest I can identify. If anyone would like some.)
                       
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                        You're going to be very busy then @Sheal :)
                         
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                          My gardening aspirations are to have more time to spend in the garden. I wasn't able to catch up with jobs in the autumn/winter of 2020 due to the weather and start of 2021 has brought more bad weather. I'm seriously thinking of giving up my art stuff as ( obviously ) there will be more time for other things. Since stopping the resin due to the low temperature I've been spending my time cycling, walking on the beach, painting on canvas and working on the house - decorating. I am considering moving one of the baths from the front of the house. In it's current location it blocks access to the one side of the porch and also part of the house, which I want to paint. Where to put it is another thing :dunno: :heehee:. I'm hoping to finish putting in the new pond and the associated landscaping around that area. Debating whether to turn the existing preformed pond into a big garden, link it to the new pond or remove it altogether. And then there is all the jobs that didn't get done last year.
                           
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                            Thanks @luciusmaximus, I wouldn't call what I've listed busy as such, more time consuming. Unfortunately whilst rebuilding the boundary wall I have to dismantle another small one to allow for the new fences and gates.

                            Sowing and growing is easy for me, I enjoy it and prefer it to working on the gardens. :)
                             
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                              Hi @joolz68. Congratulations on your new home! Hopefully we'll see some pictures of progress in your gardens along the way. :)
                               
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                                Like to plant more plants for the bees and butterflies but got to dig up some more of the grass/ lawn in the front garden but hubby won't be very pleased, even though he has to mow it and it's getting a bit difficult for him.
                                 
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