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  • Joined Aug 2020
Starting a new garden
« on: September 04, 2020, 03:26:33 pm »
Hey guys I just moved to a house with no garden. What are some tips you guys have for starting a garden from scratch? I mean Iíll be cutting up the sod and everything. Also when do you plant rhubarb?? Spring? Thanks guys.


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  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Starting a new garden
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2020, 03:49:21 pm »
Hi Georgie,
Rhubarb is planted in winter if you are getting some from dividing an existing plant.  I assume a pot grown plant can go out anytime (but will be much slower to become usable) Make sure you add masses of well-rotted farmyard manure to the planting area.

Have a look at Charles Dowding.  He writes books, has a you tube channel with many useful videos and writes articles for magazines.  Basically he uses organic methods, no dig, and a long bed system.  The joy of his system is he doesn't like unneccessay work so has a very simple way to avoid weeds.

Are you intending to grow your crops without chemicals?  Will you just have veggies or flowers too?  Are you planning to grow on the flat in rows, or in a series of beds?  What sorts of crops do you intend to grow, and what area are you thinking of growing on? Do you have past experience of veg growing or are you a newcomer?  Whichever, there will be loads of advice on here to be shared  :garden:

We started our veg garden from scratch when we moved here 25 years ago.  A kind neighbour ploughed up an area for us but got a bit carried away (he was 15 and showing off his new plough  :D ) so suddenly we had an acre of exposed soil and no way to maintain it quickly.  Needless to say, weed seeds blew in and we have had a thistle, nettle and dock problem ever since, not to mention couch grass.  So what I learned from that is that slow is better than fast.  Just dig what you know you can maintain for the first year.  Growing potatoes is a good way to convert the land because of all the earth turning and churning you do.  You need to work in a lot of FYM or compost to get a decent crop, and you earth up the rows usually three times, then dig it over thoroughly to lift the crop in the autumn - all this means, especially if you cover the ground for the winter to keep the weeds from growing, that you have a lovely patch to grow in in spring, and you can start a second potato patch.  You can gradually expand your growing area that way, and keep on top of cultivations and rotation.
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Re: Starting a new garden
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 07:47:37 pm »
If you are making beds and removing sod, I would recommend edging your beds e.g. with wood, otherwise weeds encroach from the edge and spread across your bed.
I would recommend starting maybe January - Feb (if the weather allows) as if you begin now you need to find a way of keeping weeds down over winter. Once the weather warms up a bit, regular hoeing reduces the time spent keeping weeds in check.
Have fun!


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Re: Starting a new garden
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2020, 02:11:51 pm »
Put cardboard or carpet on the bottom of your raised beds, fill with earth/compost and then plant anything you fancy.  If you make the raised beds hign enough they'll protect the plants from winter's ills.

These are just one plank high, but it's mainly flowers in there.  My vegetable and fruit beds are three planks high and I'm about to put a fourth level on so I don't have to bend so far down
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Re: Starting a new garden
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2020, 10:01:05 am »
As others have said, I wouldnít dig it! Layers of cardboard with either compost on top for beds or woodchip on top for paths.
Spend lots of time now looking at what you like or would want.
Spend time in your garden to understand how light works, where you might want to sit, etc, fun!
Donít forget some apple trees!


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