Ground Elder & Green Manure
Debbie

Have just returned from a client’s house where we are developing an absolutely beautiful design for her front garden. Brief – out with the roses, in with beneficial/edible plants. Our favourite kind of brief!

But before we could start dreaming, one problem. Ground elder. Ground elder, and more ground elder. So how to get rid of it in an organic way, without resorting to chemicals/herbicides? Our answer was simple…if somewhat laborious.

After many an hour of digging out those oh-so invasive weeds, and creating the shape of our new beds, we helped the neighbourhood recycling team, by procuring several hundred cardboard boxes, which we laid down, covered with a tonne of compost, and scattered some wonderful green manure seeds on the top. Having returned 2 weeks labour, the green manure; a mix of Hungarian grazing rye, tares and phacelia (chosen for mix of shape, texture and hue, not forgetting time of year growing potential) have started to grow. We will leave the green manure to grow and cover the ground until late February, after which will dig it in and start to plan ..

Pollinator Borders – Fun at School
Debbie

A client, having read our mission statement, asked us to design/plant a pollinator border in her back garden. Hurrah, time to put into action our ethos, “out with the herbaceous border, in with the pollinator border!”

We spend a loving few hours planting a curvaceous succession of Red clover, Birds Foot Trefoil, Marjoram and Lesser Celandine around one side of her garden. All chosen for their wildlife-attracting, pollinating-providing, or simply beautiful-looking qualities, as well as providing low cover (as befits a border).

On another note, take a look at the picture of the great fun that was had at one of our ‘Dig it’ school gardening clubs this week, as the kids set up their own stall, giving away the produce that we had lovingly grown.

Fun at the Dig-It! club.

Fun at the Dig-It! club.