Please be gentle with me as I am no gardener and new to this site!
I have decided to completely clear all plants from a very neglected
border and have got half way through pulling up what I can. I want to
plant some "easy care" plants in the spring and would like to know what
I should do now and over the intervening period in order to get the
border ready for planting. Please be aware I have very little cash so
please only give me cheap or free ideas!!
Also some advice on what to plant in the spring would be good (I live in
the north of england and my border is in semi shade).
thanks in advance,
How large a border, need measurements. After clearing I would till in
lots of organic matter (compost) and then lay down a couple inches of
organic mulch (shredded pine bark). Come spring rototill again and
add more organic matter, then plant. What to plant really depends on
the physical size of the border.
It also HEAVILY depends on choosing plants that can handle .border in
Dunchutch, you said you pulled up what you could. How much is left,
and how invasive is it? You don't want to end up re-pulling the same
stuff. If you have no "moral"objections to using something like
Roundup, you might be able to kill everything, or most everythingl If
you choose to employ Roundup or something like it, read the
instructions CAREFULLY, noting, inter alia, that you have to water
before you apply the stuff, precisely to encourage growth that you
will then kill. These substances operate through the leaves.
If, OTOH, you are able to mobilize some muscle, you might be able to
dig up down to the roots.
As Brooklyn has pointed out, much also depends on size of your plot.
Tell us that, and also approx # of hours of (semi) sunlight area
gets, in winter and summer.
There are lot of plants that are inexpensive, easy to care and easy to
grow. Do your own *'flower gardening' (http://tinyurl.com/9z75snb )* and
plant Flowering plants, ferns and foliage plants make a wonderful
border. If you want to start your garden in the springtime, then I would
strongly consider buying seeds and start them indoors. There are many
great plants that grow readily from seed, som blooming in as little as
40-50days. You can plant Bleeding heart, crocus, grape hyacinth, hosta,
primrose and wax begonia. These plants grows well in shaded area.
Bleeding heart really requires full sun to flower properly but it is
also quite invasive, I'd not plant that in a relatively small border.
Bleeding heart does best growing at the edges of a woodlot, if there
are no deer. I keep one large bleeding heart planted in a fenced bed
near my humming bird feeders. For a small border on a small property
I'd be more inclined to plant dwarf rock garden conifers leaving some
space for planting flowering annuals during warm weather or placing
pots of annuals. Conifers will add a lot more interest in winter.
Various naturalized bulbs will add color in spring. I would strongly
suggest resisting crowding in too many plants, they grow... they will
look puny at the nursery but after a couple three years growth you'll
be contemplating which to yank out.
We already know that, the OP indicated that he already knows that too,
see his last two words. DUH
There are plenty of plants that thrive in semi shade, that's the LEAST
important consideration. But first and foremost one needs to know the
size of the space so to chose plants with growing habits to match... a
border can be 6" wide, 50'+ wide, and everything inbetween. There is
no point to suggest planting understory trees in a 2' wide border,
especially if up against a structure. And most plants do well in
partial shade/partial sun regardless what the horticultural tag
indicates. I maintain a border between me and my neighbors that's a
40'-60' wide hedgerow that's more than 2,000' long, consists of
various size trees, many more than 60', 70', even 80' tall, many small
trees, shrubs of all sizes, grasses, vines, and whatever plants take
up residence, roses, ferns, mosses, lichens, more plants than I can
list here. And I do maintain it, section by section as time and
weather permit, mostly trimming with machete and loppers but I also
remove a lot of undesirable plants and put in a lot of new plants,
many are volunteer plants I find elsewhere about my property growing
where they don't belong, many are too valuable to pluck and toss so I
carefully move them to a better home, over this past summer I must
have moved about fifty conifer seedlings of various types from my
flower beds to my hedgerow. On a small property with a relatively
small border (which is what I suspect in this case) it's far more
important to know the precise size/placement of that border, or
substantial money can be wasted that the poster indicates he hasn't
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