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Sheila May

On a Chalk Hillside October 2017

So, how to lay a Hoggin path?  Obviously you need to measure out and peg out the outline of the path first.  Then, you dig out the soil to the depth of 15cm and contain the paths with a wooden edging.

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On a Chalk Hillside September 2017

Certain climbers went in as soon as the Pergola was erected, but in the main I was waiting to get the right plant or plants for each downpost.  Initially we expected to have at least one climber on each downpost so that foliage and flower interest was maintained for several seasons.

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On a Chalk Hillside August 2017

Why did I want a Pergola?  I was influenced by the Laburnum Walk in Rosemary Verey’s garden at Barnsley House near Cirencester but probably not for the reason you think.  We visited late summer, and what impressed me with it was that it made the garden seem much bigger. 

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On a Chalk Hillside July 2017

How we get to design plans involves many steps.  I should say here that I know many of you are trained garden designers, but neither I nor my husband are - we are enthusiastic amateurs and this post is about the way we approach designing and building our garden.  

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On a Chalk Hillside June 2017

Do you want to design and build your garden yourself, or do you want to hire in professionals to design it and provide you with a planting list, perhaps even get the designer to project manage contractors to deliver that agreed design?   In a garden this big, with a very limited budget our aim was to do it all ourselves, whatever “it” was.

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On a Chalk Hillside May 2017

How hard has it been for you to leave your new-to-you garden for a year to :- a) discover what is growing there; b) orientation/prevailing wind/where the sun falls when; c) what the soil type is everywhere?  I was keen to get going, especially with all those plants in pots that we bought from our old garden to sort out.

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On a Chalk Hillside April 2017

What is the picture that comes to your mind when you say English Apple or Plum Orchard? 

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On a Chalk Hillside March 2017

The polytunnel was one of the dreams we had for our new garden, and was to be our big present to ourselves when we moved.  We had only had a 60cm by 2m lean to greenhouse against the garage wall in London, which could take two growbags in it.  We wanted something bigger.  It was to be for tomatoes and peppers in the summer, and to have oriental greens in over winter. It was to be ready for our first March there – only 4 months after moving in. 

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On a Chalk Hillside February 2017
On a Chalk Hillside - Developing our garden Composting and Weeds – proper gardeners’ talk! Even in a tiny garden in London we had two compost bins.  Admitedly they were little drum-like green plastic ones:– one the local council had subsidised the cost of, which you have to lift off the whole ..
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On a Chalk Hillside January 2017
On a Chalk Hillside - Developing our garden What do you do with your Christmas Tree after the festive period? Although we never met the previous owner, as we cleared the wilderness past the hedge we discovered that she had planted a good many of the Christmas trees she had over the almost 40 y..
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On a chalk Hillside December 2016
On a Chalk Hillside - Developing our garden. How to fill up your new garden with plants Well, as you know there are quick and easy ways to fill your garden with plants –  go to the garden centre and stock up with something in flower each month to give you a spread of interest in your garden; o..
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On a Chalk Hillside November 2016 (2)
On a Chalk Hillside - Developing our garden. Mixed Native Hedge This week as I am dodging orb spiders, pruning the new mixed native hedge I thought I would tell you about putting in our new hedge which runs along the right hand boundary of the orchard almost 40 meters from the wall part way do..
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On a Chalk Hillside November 2016 (1)

This blog will tell the story of our garden, how we brought it back from neglect

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