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hi im just starting from scratch . im a bit nervous as ive never been into gardening till i moved here. i have a 1/2 acre which of course has lots and lots of grass .and i need to fill it with lots of colourful plants . Can anyone please help me on what to do with the bank , i would like plants of course but what? my garden gets wind and frost aswell i have good drainage too , hope someone can help me i dont mind the work .


its nearly over now

21 September 2011 21:41:49
its nearly time to hand up the tools and boy sometimes im dealighted and sometimes not . its been really really hard work again as trying to do too many things at once . ive mulched the whole bank to try keep the weeds down and keep heat into the ground for the flowers over the other side of the garden tunnel was built and grew lots of veg in it tomatoes , cucumber , carrots beetrrot . and i also got pigs and added more fruit trees to the garden . phew im preserving all of what i grew and when winter comes now its having too much time on me hands not sure what to do now
Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 September 2011 22:28:48




Scrubber Scrubber 22 September 2011 20:29:07

My goodness but what a lot you have achieved. Well done. If thats confusion Ill have some of it please!-I dont think winter will let you off as lightly as you think as snowdrops and winter aconites and hellebores are very tempting!


13 May 2011 22:10:21
well im back again trying to catch up in everything , the last two years have been really really hard work and still not finished but loving the rewards when looking back . ive started of with a half acre and ive seperated the garden into 4 sections . i have an area with fruit trees , polytunnel and a veg area also coming soon in the area will be pigs a hens . . and then out my back yard i have a lovely green garden with plants that i planted . its gonna have lots and lots of plants and the other section is a patio area , sun trap . and last a car park section . ....
Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 13 May 2011 22:28:43

Hard work indeed, well done you seem to have accomplished lots.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 13 May 2011 22:34:58

Your getting there see you made your tunnel with the chickens and pigs your heading towards the good life look forward to seeing more

Hoeys Hoeys 13 May 2011 22:55:02

looks like you are very very busy. keep us updated.

balto balto 17 May 2011 22:15:49

ah thanks , looking at your gardens make me wanna keep going as i love llots and lots of flowers

confused and need badly help

20 October 2009 16:20:26
confused and tooo scared , on what to plant on my banks in the garden , even books dont help me i would love if someone could tell me where to put stuff , what to get and so on .my garden is well draind good soil in winter its windy sometimes and gets frost . its down to me to be the landscaper as its recession times .
Pat Pat 20 October 2009 16:46:52

Welcome Balto to the Garden.ie. I think you will get plenty of suggestions for your bank, but is the road above your driveway or the public road.? Do you want to screen the garden from the road.?  The site offer great possibilities as in layering the bank or covering it a piece at a time and how much maintenance you want in the comong years, and the budget.!!

Rachel Rachel 20 October 2009 16:49:45

Dear Balto, I have a bank like yours and I remember the dismay I felt when I first tried to figure out what to do. I would highly recommend a mono-culture of Persicaria all over your hill. Take a look at the photos in my September and October albums where you can see the pink Persicaria turn to red. The plants will take a few years to establish but they are low maintenance and vigorous (which is what you need on that kind of slope). The only down-side is that it looks a bit messy in Winter. I cannot recommend Persicaria highly enough for this kind of job.

Rachel Rachel 20 October 2009 16:53:36

Balto, take a look at the article I wrote for the Irish Garden in September 2008 about how I clothed my hill...


fran m fran m 20 October 2009 20:59:09

Balto, follow Rachels lead, you cant go wrong with Persicaria. You have the nice fresh green of the new leaves in the spring, pink flowers changing to deep red in early Autumn, then in winter you have the dry flower heads, these look great when a heavy frost settles on them.


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