Your fortnightly gardening tips for indoors and outdoors
Garden walls have several roles, and in some positions one role takes precedence over
others. Boundary walls mark the limits of the property and garden, provide barriers and
give shelter. Interior walls may be used to hold back soil as raised beds, or can be used
to define parts of the garden and be themselves a decorative as well as a part of the
The value of the walls themselves is important. They provide a vertical as well as a
horizontal element to the garden design, the eye hitting the wall as a barrier or plane in
opposition to the usual dominant horizontal one. They provide solidity, texture and colour
to define parts of the garden and provide a background setting for the plants. They ought
to look good, and be as easy to construct and as maintenance free as possible. The use of
a lot of very different material in the garden can shatter any sense of unity and peace.
However, the bold use of two or three contrasting kinds can be very effective and provide
a lively setting for the plantsmost types of stone and brick are friendly to plants
in this way.
These can be the easy gardeners regular stand-by when dealing with construction
projects; they are very useful for creating quick, low walls. Each is 2.5m (8ft) long and
can be handled easily by two fit people. In fact, they are not impossibly difficult for
one person to manipulate once they have been carried to the working site.
Raised beds have several advantages. They can make a definite feature in the garden design
and give better drainage to the resident plants. The extra height and the retaining walls
provide sites which will show off some plants to advantage, especially those that are
never happier than when cascading over and down a wall. More practically, the plants will
be closer to the eye to admire and to the hand to tend, saving a great deal of bending and
backache for the gardener.
|My mother had knitted me a lovely pair of swimming trunks
and i went off the the local beach. Imagine my horror when they got wet and were suddenly
big enough to fit an elephant. Mind you, this was back in the early 1950's!
Carnival Car Boot
31st July 7.00am - 3.00pm
|Peter Whitbread is at St Peter's Church in the Park on Friday 10th
September, 7.30pm. He is relating his lyrical down to earth, funny and moving story of St
Peter, 'I was there'. Tickets are £4 including cheese and wine, children half price. Come
and join us in this wonderful setting and help raise funds for our Church. Please ring
David 01263 860126 or Jackie 01263 862450. Thank You