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Restoring the back border

I really should have taken a “before” photo of the back border.  It was horribly overgrown and full of stinging nettles.  This is the border next to the fence between us and our next door neighbours.  We had done nothing to it since we moved here, having concentrated on the vegetable beds.

The first thing we did was dig it over and pull out all the nettles and weeds, and trim back the existing flowering shrubs, then we decided to give the old fence a couple of coats of fence paint to cheer it up.

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We had a lovely rhododenron bush on the corner by the utility room and we knew this would get trampled on when the men came to do the work on the extension so we dug it up and moved it into the border.

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Neil dug a very deep hole for it and we put ericaceous compost in the bottom of the hole before planting the bush.

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After that was put in I planted out several other plants that had been waiting in pots, such as our peonies and hydrangea, and then on the front edge I planted primroses and primulas that I had dug up from all round the garden, growing in odd places.  The border doesn’t look much at the moment but when these new plants all start to grow up and flower I am hoping it will look really good.

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So now the back border is finished it’s back to the vegetable beds to do some more work.  I can see my first peas are coming up already and some of the potatoes, so time to plant some more seeds.

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Planting our potatoes with the “no dig” method and progress in the garden

We had read about it, so we thought we would give it a try – “No dig” gardening. What is that you ask?  Well the idea is that you cover the ground around the plants you want and it stops the weeds coming up, therefore you don’t need to dig them out.  We understand it can take a couple of years for the weeds to completely stop coming up but we thought we would give it a go.

So we started with the potatoes.  We laid cardboard across the ground and Neil made holes through the cardboard into the earth.

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I followed up by planting a potato into each hole and then we covered with the cardboard.  The idea being that each potato will grow through the hole in the cardboard, but the weeds won’t be able to.

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We then did the same with the onions.  We got the cardboard from our local convenience shop.  He would only put the packaging into recycling so we are recycling a different way.

I took the opportunity to have a look round the garden at what else is growing.  The rhubarb is coming along fantastically and we will be able to pick from it soon.

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Where I had pulled up all the dead strawberry leaves and exposed the new little plants coming up, they are doing well, still small but growing new leaves.

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I had created a border of daffs, narcissus and primroses around one of the lawns.  These have finally come into full bloom and are looking lovely now.

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It’s nice to have a dry day to get some jobs done in the garden.  Saturday was glorious with sunshine but today it is more cloudy, but still a good working day.

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