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Elfin
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Are any of you on here keen gardeners?

I have a small terrace, off our lounge, and last year, with the help of my brother, I planted chilli peppers, tomatoes, wild flowers and bamboo. The peppers, flowers and bamboo did well. The tomatoes didn't make it past the early shoots frown

This year, now that spring is coming, I'm going to start over and wonder if you have any ideas for me. The terrace gets lots of morning sun, which is extremely hot in summer but we do have a blind to pull down over it.

Tell me about your gardens yes

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Hi Elfin

Well done for growing chillis, tomatoes are tricky, Ive also tried and failed to grow them, did you get to eat the chilli peppers? Wild flowers are great but bamboo's inclined to spread but ok if its in a pot. I'm not very familiar with plants that can cope with hot sun as I live in rainy Ireland and our summers are hardly ever very hot.

We  are currently digging a new vegetable patch, its hard work as the ground was a mass of brambles honeysuckle and gorse but its starting to look something like a proper plot now. I'm going to grow carrots onions potatoes  and whatever else I can fit in. I'm going to plant marigolds to deter the slugs...hopefully!

Good luck with your garden I am sure it will be lovely with lots of flowers in all that sunshine.

Love Seabee xxx

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Hi Elfin x

I started a gardening thread a while back, so i have just bumped it up, you may find it interesting wink. I have never tried growing tomatoes in my garden, we did a good few pots at work for the residents and they came up really well.

I have planters filled with herbs, I can never seem to keep chives though no matter how many times I have planted them lol.

Seabee your veg patch will be great i am sure once you get it all sorted out yes.

Love Gemini xxx

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Hello Elfin,  I don't really

Hello Elfin,  I don't really have a garden as such but a paved area at the back of my flat with lots of different outdoor plants which were bought between me and 2 other neighbours many years ago when the flats were built and we had just moved in. Our next door neighbour was the one that looked after the plants for many years but can no longer manage due to ill health. My husband and i have recently taken over looking after them though anything to do with gardening is all new to us. We were told by our neighbour to just turn the soil in the plants over in spring time and tidy them up a bit and in mid summer and autumn to clip of any overgrown branches or stems and apart from watering not much more had to be done.  I am not sure of the names of the type of plants they are but am really wanting to look after and keep them going as i think they look so nice and really brighten up and make a plain paved area so much better.

If anyone has any hints or tips on looking after outdoor plants i would be very gratefull to hear. 

Your gardens sound lovely especially as you can grow fruits and vegetables.

Love Marie xx

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Hi Marie x

How nice to take over with the gardening as now your neighbour is unable to tend to the plants. I am like you when it comes to gardening lol, I don't really have a clue, but just dig over the borders and prune plants back and de-head any dead flower heads, and hope for the best hahaha.

Love Gemini xxx

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Hi Gemini 

Hi Gemini smiley

Thank you for your reply about looking after the plants.  I suppose a lot of it is kind of common sense when it comes to plants like removing overgrown parts and turning over the soil plus watering in dry weather. They have flourished every year for the past 17 so i think they will continue to be okay under my not too experienced but learning as i go along care lol. They look so lovely in the summer time and really cheer the place up.

Thank you 

Love Marie xx

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Hi Marie x

I am positive you will do a good job tending to the plants wink and I am sure they will thrive.

 

Love Gemini xxx