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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Hi from Galway Reply with quote

Myself and my partner moved about a year ago into a new build with typical med -small back garden, we have already made some small raised beds and made our first attempt at veg growing which was reasonably successful so cant wait to get out and start going again, unfortunately the garden aspect isnt great but hey its still fun.
What we do want is some advice as we would like to make the garden as friendly to wildlife such as there is in a modern estate, so what do people suggest would be good to plant especially perennials. We also want to put an apple tree or two in the garden and ideally would want one that is a few years old so suggestions about where to source them in the west would be great.
Thanks and hi to everone
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there Mark, and welcome. I replied to your post on apple trees here http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1900
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Mark, welcome to the site. I am working on a new garden too, although somewhat larger.....
I had dug out a new bed this summer and as a quick way to fill it for the first year till I decided what to plant, I scattered a couple of packets of wild-flower seeds into it and I can't believe what value I've had out of them. I still have flowers blooming into December (and amazingly still going after a few hard frosts this past week) and as the plants go to seed they attract birds.
I had loads of goldfinches stripping the seeds this week.
And one perennial I would heartily recommend is Verbena Bonariensis....I grew a load of them from one seed packet this year and they were covered in butterflies in the summer......and now the goldfinches hang off them eating the seed. Brilliant value for wildlife.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies guys - cant wait for the weather to turn next year to get out and start planting/seeding
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to IG Mark Smile
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