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To help manage weeds – if you have raised beds in your garden (and you probably should for optimal drainage), then the inter-row could host a cocktail cover crop rather than providing a haven for weeds. You are effectively “choosing your weeds” in this instance, by replacing unwanted invaders with functional plants offering multiple benefits. Just a few blocks away from the garden, Eileen Burns mixes drinks at Californos in Westport. 600px wide In the years I’ve been advocating for the deep mulch method of gardening, I’ve had a couple people ask if I’ve ever had problems using non-organic hay. We get our hay from a variety of sources, and looking back, I’m almost certain some of it had to be sprayed at some point. However, as I always had thriving gardens by using our compost and hay mulch, I figured people who were concerned about non-organic hay or non-organic animal manure were worrying unnecessarily. I was wrong. With increasing amounts of mole hills on her lawn and moles now burrowing under her flowerbed, Tiffany Daneff looks at ways of controlling the moles in her garden. 600px wide In 2010 my husband built raised beds that outline our residential side and back yards. We bought three way mix from a local nursery. We spent several hundred dollars having two dump trucks full of gardening three-way mix delivered and spent a month shoveling. We planted starts and seeds. The veggie starts, including several types squash, beans, green beans, cukes and tomatoes. They all died. I planted seeds that never came up. Replanted with starts, they died. I had an all over failure. Then we find out our county made national news for crop failures due to Aminopyralid poisoned manuer that passed unprocessed through our huge local dairy cow population (Whatcom County, WA). Helenah Girgis has a bumper crop in her garden this summer. Sign up to receive our eco newsletter full of great organic gardening tips plus product updates and offers. Sorry to hear about your garden! Such a bummer. 🙁 The problem with my garden is that I’m getting a new home and it doesn’t exist yet. We have made a few inquiries via the internet and bought a guidance pack from WHSmith. It would seem to me, however, that because my son receives a regular fixed rate and has no say as to what jobs he undertakes, he has to be considered an employee of our friend. I think cleaners can count themselves as self-employed and undertaking gardening doesn’t seem so far removed. This service is for people who do not want a garden design or a garden designer working in their garden but just have an area of the garden that they are not happy with.  Lydia’s box garden. Dear Carol, We have a problem area which we are keen to see turned into a stylish courtyard. The site faces east and only receives the morning sun. The soil quality is reasonable but will require additional nutrients (the house was tenanted for 15 years – the last eight by non-gardeners). We thought of having a perfumed garden area, and we like hydrangeas and star jasmine as well as the sound of trickling water. The next phase of the lesson encouraged exploring different size gardens – first 6 plants … then 10 … then 20. Lots of work with materials and lots of recording. Some children gave up modelling and began drawing, especially when the number of plants got bigger. We have loads of tips and garden advice so you can find a solution to most common garden problems alongside practical solutions for sorting them out. Related: find out how to deter cats from your garden. Most people will take some pride in their gardens to one degree or another. Of course, some will be keener than others to show off their green fingers, and will want to create a spectacle of colour through the addition of flowers and a well-manicured lawn. On top of all that, we have loads of ready made designs for you to download that will help you transform your garden into something really beautiful. tui gardentui pettui at home I have squash and cukes in my florida garden. Both have bloomed well but neither one has developed anything. Help. Straw and manure are both completely unsafe now and I recommended in my composting book that gardeners now need to stay away from both except under very narrow restrictions, such as they grew it themselves or got manure from an animal that has not been fed any hay from outside sources. Really frustrating. Hi am66 sorry you found the bird remains in your garden, but the feathers do suggest it could have been a Sparrowhawk.  I know how you feel as I have a cat problem too and have lost birds to them.  My favourite solution is to spray them with water, but that only works when I’m there.  You could try Hazel’s suggestions, but I wouldn’t advise you stop feeding.  If you have feeders on the ground make sure birds have a clear view all round and there’s nowhere a cat can spring out unseen.  Good luck. Heading somewhere? Plan your trip with our destination guides to our favorite public gardens, hotels, restaurants, and shops. In her latest book, The Problem with My Garden, she offers savvy solutions, insightful advice and inspiration for dealing with specific gardening problems. Read on to learn more about this Laurence King Publishing book and enter to win one of 3 copies! No garden, no problem: What can you grow in your apartment? Comments Will it take much looking after? Raised beds can be much easier to look after than borders and you won’t need to get on all fours to tend them. The rest of this garden is given over to paving, which will only need an occasional sweep. but the metals get into our water supply so now we need filters to water the garden… not sure how to do that yet. If you’ve never grown anything before, start small with just a few plants, herbs or flowers. Once you’ve successfully grown and harvested a few foods you will gain confidence and be ready to expand your indoor garden. And while I’ve listed some of the easier plants to start with don’t be afraid to experiment, I’ve had readers successfully grow potatoes in their apartment. My son, having not been able to secure work since he left school two-and-a-half years ago, recently started helping a friend doing gardening work part time. He is paid a more or less fixed sum each day, and is no longer signing on. So … you’ve been reading my garden columns and I’ve convinced you that if a former news anchor can grow a garden on a balcony, how hard can it be? Sign up here for daily garden tips and trends. Don’t let weeds rob your garden of its beauty. Use our guide to help you… I read this post with great interest, as I garden on limestone and so I have brought in many things to try to improve my soil. My most recent efforts have been with wood chips due to becoming acquainted with a man who has a tree-trimming business, and leaves, which we have picked up curbside from people who have our phone number to call when they have them bagged and ready to take away. I hate to tell you that we will no longer be doing either of these things. Will chickens destroy my garden? i just got a raised pnalter .3 5 and 22in tall. I plan on growing herbs in it (maybe a vegetable, too). 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