I tried to think of a reason why those might exist, but came up with none other than maybe trying to keep nz green. I feel like every time I come across these, it's a hazard to safe driving, so many times I'm about to go through I'm surprised by a car coming around the roundabout that I couldn't see because of those plants.
edit: thanks for the replies. I think many have replied with the reasoning of what they are there, and I think I can see the theory behind it. However in practice, I don't think it's worked as well as intended: There're many times where I've checked right, no car there, so I start moving, but then a car comes around the corner and either I power through and the other guy has to put on the brakes or I put on the brakes and the other guy goes through. Neither of us has done anything wrong, but still has resulted in one of us having to put on an unnatural maneuver to get around the situation.
In shopping for various fruits and berries to add to my own collection, I'm seeing pretty decent availability at US online stores at the moment, but later in the season many places sell out even in years when people are off traveling instead of staying home and thinking about self-sufficiency.
If everything's frozen where you're at, you can stash your plants in your basement or garage, or even in the fridge, until the ground thaws. If the ground is workable, you can plant things out right away.
As well as shopping online, look for local plant nurseries and check the websites of local farms or directory of vendors at your local farmers' market to see who's growing plants and seeds bred specifically for your area.
There are many preparedness advantages to starting a garden and gardening with perennials, even if you can't become totally self-sufficient:
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We're bummed. No TV.
TL;DR- should I attempt to reuse the soil in this largish, old East Anglian garden bed (maybe 35m²) and, to the extent that I replace/supplement soil, should I use only topsoil or a mixture of topsoil, compost and/or vermiculite?
We moved last June into a place that has been pretty well neglected for probably the better part of a decade, so last summer and autumn have been occupied with remedial work to building and grounds, including restoration of lawn, wisteria and roses and clearing of scrub, nettles, brambles and removal of a nasty mess of slate chips mixed in with weed matting.
Now it's time to think about introducing some new shrubs to brighten up the place and ready for this coming summer, but first, I need to get the garden beds into good order starting with one on the left of this photo, which is where I could use some advice.
As you can see, I have mostly cleared the scrub leaving little more than three Buddleia davidii in various conditions plus what I believe to be a B. globosa, which I gather needs to be pruned differently from B. davidii.
There are two things here: first is condition of the existing soil, including disposal of more slate chips largely submerged in the surface soil; second is extension of the bed roughly as described by the red line.
I'm a novice gardener, so I'm making my best guesses here:
The soil is readily compacted, cloying and retains a lot of moisture. The time of year doesn't help, nor does the fact that that bed gets less sun than the other side, but it's still pretty clumpy and cloying in the summer. When it does dry out, it goes hard on the surface, and it takes a fair bit of work to break up lumps when forking it over. I think that means it's heavy in clay.
Beneath the surface, the soil is a paler brown, which I think suggests low organic content. There are substantial patches of mycelium (which I gather is not a problem) and, at least in some parts of the garden, there are ant colonies below thatch and in the soil†. Even if they're not a problem horticulturally, I'm not keen them.
The second issue is how to extend it and whether and how much of the old soil to reuse. The ground is not level and is not terribly well drained (lots of moss in the lawn around there, plus it still squelches underfoot since the last rainfall a few days ago), so I will at least have to build up some of it. I gather it needs to be at least 8 inches deep.
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Recently I did some landscaping to my yard. One of the things I added was a bunch of oleander shrubs to line the sides of my yard, which I think look really nice.
My neighbor wants me to get rid of the shrubs. She says they’re really poisonous and knew some kids when she was younger that ate them and died. She’s worried because her son (who has some sort of mental disability) likes to put things in his mouth.
I said I will get rid of the shrubs if she pays me for them since I can’t return them. The total costs for the shrubs is $300. She thinks I’m being an asshole for expecting a single mother living off of disability payments to pay me that much money.
She also said she wouldn’t pay me even if she did have the money because I should have looked into the plants and found out whether they were poisonous in the first place. She says by not getting rid of them I’m putting her kid and all the other kids on the street in danger.
I just feel like it’s the responsibility of the parents to keep their kids from eating random plants and I shouldn’t have to eat the cost to remove them when I like them where they are.
I spend a lot of time in the woods, and the Riparian areas are my favorite. We can all do our part for the riparian plant and wildlife species that depend on them by helping expand the riparian areas, similar to how Beavers help the landscape!
Swales, Hugelmounds, Replanting and other land improvement techniques can yeild us all a healthy place for forage and enjoyment for CENTURIES!
One of the bedrooms faces the road and the noise can be annoying at night. To reduce the sound pollution and to add privacy to the front yard I’m thinking of getting some tall shrubs. We have a split level home so I’m not sure if 12 foot shrubs like emerald green arborvitae will suffice or if I should get something taller like juniper that can get up to 25 feet.
I want to enjoy my front garden with more privacy for the most part and know that shrubs will only do so much about traffic noise. We live in the suburbs but the road in front of our house leads to major streets so we get a decent amount of traffic. Just looking for recommendations.
Edit: I’m in zone 7 US
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