Hello all, you've been very helpful in the past when I was looking forward to having a garden. Now that I've moved in and am trying to sort out the (very neglected) garden and get it how I want, I'm hoping you can help again
There are a couple of lavendar plants in a shaded spot (I read elsewhere on this forum that they need sun, but they seem to be good and healthy... more so than anything else in this garden other than brambles right now!). I want to move them to pots or perhaps troughs (eventually I may have to give them away - my partner doesn't like bees ). They're kind of big, though - is it possible to split the roots and if so how would I do that without damaging them?
I know it's probably the wrong time of year to be doing this, but I'm keen to get the garden sorted (which will involve a lot of work - I want to build raised beds this winter so that I can grow vegetables at a height which won't kill my already weak back).
I'm in London in the UK and the temperature is dropping at the moment. It's also quite wet (and has been for a lot of the later summer).
Should I cut the lavender back before moving the plants? I've heard that lavendar needs to be cut well back, but I don't really know how far back I can go without damaging the plants.
I've also read that they prefer poor, well drained soil so I figure that planting them into compost isn't a great idea.
I guess this post has been a bit rambly, but it's because I really haven't a clue where to start with this job! Some general advice about moving these plants would be great, please!