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Hi all,

I'd love for people to share ideas and tips about what they've been gardening with during lockdown. I am a new homeowner and so any hints and tips on how to keep the grass green and the flowers blooming would be really appreciated!

Thank you!

JemmaLarge
21 days ago
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heatherduthie
heatherduthie20 days ago

I’m no gardening expert but my advise would be weed and feed grass and water when its been hot this will keep it green. Cut your bushes back as this will encourage new growth and Dead head your flowers as this will encourage new heads to grow. and use miracle grow to feed them. Works wonders.

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JemmaLarge
JemmaLarge
Original Poster
20 days ago

Thank you, I will defo look into purchasing miracle grow! I have an iris plant that was perfect when I first bougt it but am struggling to keep it green, maybe this will help it!

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Lynibis
Lynibis20 days ago

I am beginning to struggle to keep my garden now, hence my post on being unable to find someone to pave it amongst the fickle British workmen. My garden is not big but just mowing the lawn does me in and on a hot day I really cannot cope and end up with a pounding headache rest of day. However, during lockdown I have created a fairy garden in one corner with a magnolia tree in centre and when finished it will hopefully be minimum maintenance. Most of my borders are bushes and shrubbery so keeping them pruned and trimmed is not too onerous.

If I can finally get the main part paved I will be well happy with a small bbq area and some nice garden furniture and then I can enjoy without all the hard work.

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JemmaLarge
JemmaLarge
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20 days ago

I have everything crossed for you that you find someone to do the paving. The shrubbery and bushes sound lovely, maybe this is something I need to look into, as the plants keep dying, I feel awful about it!

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Golfforall
Golfforall20 days ago

Leave space for a greenhouse , even if you are not ready for one yet -you will be if you love gardening . Mine is full of tomatoes , cucumbers and chillies - so many I'm giving them away . I love my lawns so just have borders around them full of flowers .

To keep the grass green , feed regularly - remember you are cutting off the growth every time you mow the lawn it then needs more grub to keep growing nicely. Water , but only in the evening as during the day it will evaporate before reaching the roots and could even scorch the grass as it heats up .

Most plants (including the lawn ) need a high Nitrogen content fertiliser in the spring to build the foliage . Fertilisers have a ratio on the side of the package N -P -K (Nitrogen ,Potassium , Phosphorous ) Nitrogen is for leaves , Phosphorous for fruit/flowers . So ideally you want a different food for your lawn than your flowers .

The most important thing for any flower is to deadhead them once the flowers start to die . Plants produce flowers to attract bees etc , once pollinated all the plants energy goes into producing seeds where the flower used to be , so deadhead and the plant will produce more flowers .

You can learn a lot from books , articles and TV programmes but in the end its trial and error as your garden is unique to you in climate ,type of soil etc .

I do a lot of containers of varying sizes (saves weeding !) so maybe start of with 2 or 3 of them with some bedding plants for a nice display almost immediately . Watering ,same as the lawn only do it in the evening for the same reasons .

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JemmaLarge
JemmaLarge
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20 days ago

Thank you so much for this detailed response!! You have really help and inspired me. I didn't realise you could get grass feed, I keep putting stuff down that is killing the grass so I need to really focus on what I am doing and putting on it.

Can you recommend a good book or tv show for beginners?

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Golfforall
Golfforall19 days ago

JemmaLarge Yes I always record gardeners world on BBC2 Friday night , repeated Sunday morning -lots of tips .

Not too keen on those garden makeover programmes - always seem to involve a digger and buying mature shrubs at £50 -£100 a throw .

Many years ago when I first got my own garden I bought 2 books "How to grow vegetables and fruit " and a lawn care book I can't remember the name . I think I got them from the "Bargain Bin" in WH Smiths or similar .

You can also get used books off EBay often only about £3 apiece including P&P , especially if you buy 2 or 3 from the same seller . Or perhaps from a car boot sale (if they are still happening ?)

These days its so easy to get information off the internet . Just Google "Bedding Plants " or "Lawns " for instance and amongst the adverts you will find "how to " articles with lots of info .

A great way to fill your garden with loads of flowers is to take cuttings from existing plants ( Google how to take cuttings from "xxxxxxxx plant" ) .

Most plants (including lawns ) need water (but don't overdo it ) , light and food (fertiliser ,manure chicken pellets etc ) .

Trial and error and looking stuff up on Google will help you improve over time . Sadly I have never found a cure for weeds apart from manual labour (picking them out or hoeing ) !!

Enjoy ! Its always worth it and when its cold and dark in February , March I cheer myself up by planting a few seeds in small seed trays (garland super 7 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garland-Super7-Electric-Windowsill-Propagator/dp/B000YA43HC/ref=sr_1_3?crid=GUJ1TV4O549N&dchild=1&keywords=garland+super7+electric+windowsill+propagator&qid=1595400016&sprefix=garland+super%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-3 )

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Pjran
Pjran19 days ago

Try to make time to watch Gardens World on BBC 2 you’ll learn a lot from that. Also see what grows well in your neighbourhood and if the owner is there ask what the plant is, explain you live locally and chances are they will give some cuttings.

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