Plan and plant a new border
As part of National Gardening week, the Candide team designed, planned and planted a new bee friendly garden in an area that had been neglected. Here is our step by step guide to what we did.
1. Get to know your site.
One of the most important things to consider is getting to know your site. The orientation, the soil type, the amount of sunlight it gets through the day. Make sure the area is free of weeds especially perennials. Like nettles and thistles. Each of these factors will influence your plant choices.
2. The fun bit
Choosing your plants, this is always fun but can become expensive. Try not to get carried away, remember right plant, right place.
3. Location, location, location
Place you plants out according to your plan, or if you don't have one, carefully think about the size, colour combination and plants habits etc. Really it is better to plan before planting.
4. Start planting
Once the plants are in the right places then you can start to plant them into the ground. Make sure when you do this that you plant the shrubs to nursery level. Nursery level is the top of the planted container, don't plant too high or too low. If you plant too high the rootball will dry out if you plant too low the plant could become waterlogged and rot.
5. The planted space
Once you have planted the area then you need to provide suitable aftercare eg. watering regularly and maintain a weed feed location. And watch them grow.