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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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  1.  
    Hi

    This is the outside of my business unit, it is East facing:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hPE0dK_4PNI197tWPhJ9kazYRv3qXifQ/view?usp=sharing

    Looking to spruce it up a bit low level maybe with bee friendly plants

    It's on an industrial estate so just looking to freshen it up something low maintenance, evergreen if possible

    Any suggestions? Cheap as possible?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2021
     
    Get some wildlife/bee friendly seed packs from a garden centre, and some long troughs (or make some troughs). Fill with soil and throw the seeds in. Don't forget to water regularly.
  2.  
    Good thinking, I was also thinking of putting some recycling boxes in between the the two brick walls and building over it as a table top style garden box.

    Any idea what one should make it from? Perhaps some kind of sedum or similar?
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2021
     
    Posted By: djhome long troughs (or make some troughs). Fill with soil and throw the seeds in
    Rainwater gutters fixed at several levels going up the wall - a leafy 'living wall' - interspersed with flowering things if you like.
  3.  
    Bit late to grow flowers from seed for this year, but if you sow in September/October they will have a head start for next year. But you can buy trays of bedding plants now from supermarket that will look good this year.

    Try to choose plants which are related to native plants in your area, as the butterflies/bees/insects will be adapted to live with them.

    You mentioned low maintenance, evergreen, low cost, which will not be the same kind of thing, but ivy or rambling roses might suit?
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2021
     
    Posted By: VictorianecoLooking to spruce it up a bit low level maybe with bee friendly plants

    It's on an industrial estate so just looking to freshen it up something low maintenance, evergreen if possible


    Lavender ticks those boxes and is great if you have alkaline soil, it also doesn't need much water. You can buy tiny plugs for next to nothing and if you look after them they'll be pretty big by next year.
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    Do you know how deep pots or troughs they would need to go in?

    Thanks
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    Posted By: VictorianecoDo you know how deep pots or troughs they would need to go in?

    Thanks

    25cm deep should be enough. Lavender doesn't need rich soil, actually better with poorer soil but does need good drainage.
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2021
     
    Posted By: Peter_in_Hungary25cm deep should be enough. Lavender doesn't need rich soil, actually better with poorer soil but does need good drainage.


    sounds about right.

    The main thing the depth does is gives you a longer survival period if you go away in the summer.
    if they can get their roots into the ground proper even better.
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