As I outlined in this post, I had a new garden to work on this year – my new garden by the sea.
I had quite a late start in planting up the garden, because there was a lot of preparation work to do, including the creation of a whole new garden bed along one side of the garden. This I did by covering the turf with compost and then a weed suppressing fabric for about 12 weeks.
As you can see in the pictures below, I cut down most of the existing blocky and uninteresting shrubs and planted up the borders very thickly – for instant impact. I’ve included lots of perennials like, Rudbeckia, Thalictrum, Dahlias, Achillea etc. I’ll need to thin out this planting a bit next year I suspect.
I’ve also included room for growing vegetables which has been a real success.
We’ve had Chard, Radishes, Lettuces, Mixed Lettuce Leaves, Potatoes, Calabrese, Cavolo Nero, French Beans, Parsley, Coriander and Strawberries, which I grew in a hanging basket for the first time.
Martin Cole has been an avid gardener for more than 20 years and loves to talk and write about gardening. In 2006 he was a finalist in the BBC Gardener of the Year competition.
He previously lived in London and Sydney, Australia, where he took a diploma course in Horticultural studies and is now based in North Berwick in Scotland. He founded GardeningStepbyStep.com in 2012. The website is aimed at everybody who has been bitten by the gardening bug and wants to know more.
Gardening Step by Step has been cited by Thompson and Morgan, the UK’s largest mail order plant retailer, as a website that publishes expert gardening content.
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