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24/11/2011 at 15:29
my first visit to your site i think it will be invalueable to a novice like me.thank you
24/11/2011 at 15:29
I'd like to know how to transform an old sink into a trough as well
19/04/2012 at 14:55

Did Carol say sigloam as her trough filler? 'Can't find that name on Google

29/04/2012 at 10:51
I think Carol said,'sieved' loam.
29/04/2012 at 13:36

Unless you can get guranteed sterile loam with no weed seeds or soil pests, you are better using a commercial John Innes No 3 , half and half with 5mm crushed granite grit, unless you want to grow lime loving plants then you could use 5mm limestone grit.

29/04/2012 at 15:14

Wondered if this article I wrote was of any use.

           We found a number of these old Belfast type sinks around the garden. This is how I turned them into alpine growing areas.

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The sink was scrubbed with bleach to remove any dirt and grease before being painted with a neutral shade of exterior paint.  Once the sink has been filled with soil it is very heavy so position it in its final spot before going any further.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc020.jpg

         The plug hole was covered with a piece of zinc foil. This helps to stop worms from getting in and also prevents the filling material from being washed out and blocking the drainage hole.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc021.jpg


To keep the foil in place I put some pieces of stone over it to weight it down.

          Next I put a layer of 12 mm gravel over the bottom of the sink to about a depth of 5 cms or so.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc023.jpg

          A layer of smaller grit and sharp sand was added over the top of the gravel. This was 5cm crushed granite

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc024.jpg

           Now the sink was filled with a mixture of John Innes No. 3 and more of the 5mm gravel, in the ratio of 3 to 1 by volume.

29/04/2012 at 15:20
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc024.jpg

         For this sink I used a selection of rocks picked up in the garden, but in other sinks I have used slate, or sandstone slabs or even broken paving stones.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc026.jpg


        The rocks are placed to create crevices and other planting areas and to give a great depth of soil in places.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc027.jpg


         More soil is added to fill up the crevices and to steady the rocks.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc029.jpg


         Finally a layer of gravel was put on top. In this case I used 12 mm gravel to match the gravel used on the area where the sink was to be positioned. It could have been covered with 5 mm grit, or if I had intended planting lime loving plants I could have used a crushed limestone.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc030.jpg

           A selection of alpine plants positioned where I though they looked best

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/Owdboggy/Sink%20garden/SouthportMay08etc031.jpg

          Planted up and the gravel cleaned up. Job

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