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bamboo maybe?

bamboo maybe?

Two large glass sliders look into this from kitchen. I know nothing about gardening. The wire fence is 5ft. There is a little gap between wall and wire. Would bamboo work here and how easy keep is it? Beachgirl, niamh_roche@hotmail.com, Co Kilkenny Posted: 25/08/2016

This is a matter of the whole garden design .... avoid piecemeal additions until you have devised and overall design plan.

First consider site aspects. The existing hedge is doing a reasonable job. The issue is what to do with the garden space.

Starting with Assessment, more on Garden design here: http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx?id=384


Turning hummocky field into garden

How do I turn a hummocky field into a garden without using weedkillers/ poisons? The area is rich in wildlife so this project has to be as kind as possible to the environment as is possible so as not to impact on the hares, badgers, etc. passing through. It's a 1 acre site, never been gardened before, and I want to make a start now on conversion to an eventual herb-veg-fruit garden. Not afraid of hard work. liveen, Galway, Co Galway Posted: 07/03/2016

There is a lot of general information at: http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx?id=397
Otherwise, draw a map of the garden to scale and place on it the features you want. Then set about putting hem in places, such as some woodland, grass areas, rough and smooth, kitchen garden, ornamental areas etc
Buy a good quality brushcutter with a head that can be changed to carry nylon line or metal blade. 

  derelict patch

derelict patch

we have adopted a patch of waste ground bordering road. measures @230sq mt. we are a charity - please advise best planting for area 190420102, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 28/04/2015

You need to start with 2 lists: 1 list of what you want to keep and 1 list of what you want to use the area for.
Clear all unwanted material and plants. Then measure the area and draw up a design layout, based on the use decided for the area.
Note: from a wildlife point of view, it might be better left 'derelict'! At any rate take nature into account.
More on design at:  http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx

  How do I get the best out of my garden?

How do I get the best out of my garden?

I have a small front garden (photo) that was not well looked after and I want to change that. This summer I would like to have lush green grass and I am prepared to do whatever you suggest. I am not a gardener but I would like to develop an interest in the garden. Where do I start? foxfield18, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 08/02/2012


This is really a garden design question: what to do with the garden?

First list what you have and make a rough map, to scale if possible.

Then list all the things you would like and prioritize them.

Then try to match the needs to the garden, choosing ares for broders , trees, shrubs and flowers.

Make a plan and take it piecemeal.

If you go to the Garden Design pages, there are the basic considerations.

For maintenance, go to Lawns, Flowers and Tree and Shrubs in How to grow.

  large garden

large garden

i have a large garden 323 ft long by 106 ft wide whats the best way to plant it i'm no good at drawing, my minds plan is small veg plots ornamental trees and shrubs fruit bushes with gravel paths in between and a poly tunnel the tunnel i bought is 48 ft long and 18ft wide my garden is south facing so gets sun all day but is very exposed to winter winds 50/60 miles an hour whats the best shelter belt other then trees i was thinking whitethorn and pyrachanta i have sheep wire and barbed wire fence. .. milliemouse1234, templemore, Co Tipperary Posted: 04/10/2011


Make a scale drawing of the garden. Mark in all the structures and existing plants.

Decide what you wan to keep and remove everything that is not to be kept.

Make a list of things you would like to do with the garden. Refine the list to your priorities.

Match your priority list to different parts of the garden and judge how these relate to each other and move the different feaures around until you are happy with their placement.

Assess what resources are available, money and time. Work out a schedule for each feature depending on the resources needed for each. Then begin with the most important priority.

More at:   http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx




  East facing garden, gentle slope

East facing garden, gentle slope

New home shortly, east facing garden, gentle slope away from house. in grass mainly with border all round, not deep border. am disabled and would like to know how you feel i could approach this, avid gardener, but beginner really! patiopally, greystones, Co Wicklow Posted: 28/09/2011


Begin by making an assessment of what is there already ... plants, feautres, soil and site.

Then a list of your own requirements and resources.

Then try to match the two, working out a priority list and then allocatiing the priorities to different parts of the garden.

When these exercises have been completed, you have a plan.

The space is a good size and there are lots of possibilities, but only you can work out which possibilities you want to put in place.


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