The small garden is taking shape

@vickyrose (2016)
Canberra, Australia
November 6, 2015 11:16pm CST
Since we've moved to the one bedroom flat nearly a month ago, I've been busy doing up the small garden. I've moved some of my herbal bushes, but todate they haven't been successful. I ended up buying some basil, maybe the oregano will survive but I plan to buy another seedling and the same for the rosemary and thyme. I like growing my own herbs that I use for my cooking. I probably need to get some more lavenders as these attract the bees and the butterflies. I also have some citrus plants like limes, mandarins and lemons. I'll stick to this three as my garden isn't good enough. The bay tree seem to be thriving and so do the cosmos, petunias, jade plant and roses. Have you planted anything in pots or on the ground?
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
7 Nov 15
I would love to have the sunny weather for citrus! Years ago i read that with your low rainfall it is a good idea to put a wodge of newspaper in the planting hole to act as a reservoir
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
Wedge of paper- that's a good way! I am fortunate that my garden is in a sunny spot.
@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
7 Nov 15
Oregano grows well in pots, also the rosemary, but it needs a big pot and you have to put the pot in a protected area, near the fence it would be great. Other herbs that grow well in pots are, basil, mint, lemon verbena, sage and strawberries too.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
Thank you, Anna, I needed those tips as I have just newly discovered the advantage of growing my own herbs. Much appreciated!
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@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
8 Nov 15
Not lately, since we're now moving into our cold, rainy seasons here. We had a rare sunny day yesterday and I'd planned to clean out my garden but got distracted with other activities. Since our time changed, the sun sets around 4:30pm so I'd crammed a bunch of errands into the available daylight. Today, the park manager was leaf blowing out in the rain. I took a look about an hour later and couldn't tell the difference because the rain had peeled off a bunch more leaves. If he'd just leave them where they fall, they'll rot in the rain, but noooo. I use leaves in my compost. Do you have room for a compost pile at your new location?
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
I use the leaves and grass clippings as mulch or compost. I had a compost bin but obnoxious insects breeded there. I need to assign a space for a compost pile. Must get some earthworms too. thanks, Carol for sharing.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
@vickyrose There was discussion on another post about the benefits of used coffee grounds and used tea leaves for compost as well. Someone mentioned that used coffee grounds can also be used for indoor potted plants. Have you heard of this?
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
8 Nov 15
I think you made a great effort and it is showing in the picture. We have owned garden which has both grounded and pot plantings.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
10 Nov 15
Yes, those pots were from my previous place where I can't put the plant on the ground.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
10 Nov 15
@vickyrose Why cant you put it in the ground? The whole world wants to know. lol! jk
@allknowing (69306)
• India
7 Nov 15
I have both ground and potted plants since I have a large area for gardening. I also have pots on the terrace with a lawn.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
Lucky you, I used to have a bigger garden but lately, I can't manage it so downsized to a smaller one.
@allknowing (69306)
• India
8 Nov 15
@vickyrose Here we get help to do all the hard work
• Greece
8 Nov 15
This autumn I have turned to pots. I have mint, parsley, dill and lettuces doing well. The earth is better than the soil in the garden and providing I remember to water them they thrive. Also they are close to the kitchen which is a plus for me. I planted rocket last week and it sprouted within days.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
10 Nov 15
thank you for the tip re rocket. I might plant some of them too. Yes, I believe that pots are better for herbs.
@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 15
I'm busy putting my garden to bed, so won't plant anything till about May next year. I hope your garden thrives.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
10 Nov 15
thank you, Jabo @jabouk I hope that they do too
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
7 Nov 15
I have lots in pots, but little in the ground. Hoping for more next year!
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
I have planted most on a bounded bed on the ground, as an experiment. If they won't do well, I'll go back to pot planting. Thanks, Janet.
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
I have grown tomatoes and bell peppers in pots but some years they don't do well. Depends on the weather.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
Maybe at some point, they'd need repotting. It dries up easily on pots and have to keep on watering them, in my experience.
@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
7 Nov 15
I haven't planted anything in several years and here it is getting to be winter now.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
In winter, it's most things hibernate, including the plants. It's spring here right now.
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@salonga (27954)
• Philippines
7 Nov 15
Yes, it is obviously taking shape. I do also plant herbs in my garden. I keep them in pots. It is better to plant my own to make sure I am using organic herbs in my cooking.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
8 Nov 15
indeed, i like and do organic gardening, no chemicals but organic fertilizer like chicken or cow manure.
@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
I have some of my herbs in pots and also my strawberries
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
7 Nov 15
I am planning to plant strawberries with the citrus. Happy growing!
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@ridingbet (59368)
• Philippines
19 Nov 15
you have the green thumb I believe. you can grow plants. I cannot.