I do like to be beside the seaside' - but
if you are a gardener it isnt all plain
Lee and Noel have a new house 200 yards from
the North Down coast at Groomsport. The back
North and the sea with one wall getting early
morning sun and the bottom of the garden blessed
with sun in the evening.
BBC Radio Ulsters Gardeners Corner
team will, over the next 6 months, help make
a pile of soil (not sand) into a garden.
At the moment neither Lee or Noel are gardeners.
We have high hopes for Lee. Noel will, like
any sensible man, do as he is told and learn
to enjoy it.
There are advantages and disadvantages to
gardening close to the coast. The trick is
to work round the problems and make the most
of the good points.
The climate is the big difference when compared
to an inland site. It is generally milder
in winter with fewer frosts but wind and even
gales are more likely. Salt carried on the
wind is deposited on
leaves causing scorch damage.
A common mistake is to block the wind with
a solid wall or fence. It still comes over
the top causing extra turbulence inside the
garden. It is better to filter the wind using
tough plants tolerant of
salt sea spray as a first line of defence.
Behind these a wonderful range of plants may
be grown including many which would be too
tender to grow outside in less favoured areas.
Lee has an interest in ornamental grasses
but we havent introduced her to tamarix,
yucca and lavender -yet.
Noel has a heavy work load before we return.
Excavation, spreading hardcore and building
a dry stone wall. He has a month to do it
with Lee supplying cups of tea!!