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Woodgreen wonderboy

I have just visited a "yellow book" garden which has alkaline soil over chalk at one end, and acid soil at the other. The latter was washed down by torrential rains so many decades ago, from the top of a local hill of greensand. 

Now that's what I call  "buried treasure".

Fascinating geology Dove??


The shovel went clang again this weekend, this time I uncovered an 8" layer of solid chalk! lucky me.....

I dug up a golf ball today on the allotment. Had a chuckle to myself thinking of plot holders gone by, this guy must have gone down on the allotment to practice his swing... 

Woodgreen wonderboy

My neighbours have driven loads of golfballs onto my paddock. They must have a vicious hook. Shame I don't do golf anymore.


We moved to this barn about 18 months ago and under the concrete have found number plates spanners wrenches, it was a breakers yard at some point. Also found horse shoes, so must have been used as a stable as well I presume



Blimey Tasker, lucky you lol


I had a phone call last year from someone in the next village 'Can you come and look at the wall I've found under my garden' !!! I was off like a shot.  Beautiful flint walling, a fireplace, a well were eventually revealed in the garden of an old manor house along with ancient broken glass flasks and beautiful pottery, pieces large enough to be identified.  Mostly from 17th century.  All because they started a new bed where a corner needed tidying up.  The previous occupants had been there for years but not quite that long.   

re the visited 'yellow garden' the transfer of material from the top to the bottom may have been solifluction effects from the last ice age 10-15,000 years ago when tundra conditions existed beyond the reach of the glaciers.  Hereabouts everytime they put in a new road through the chalk the slips show up really well . Summer time partial thaws melted the top layers which have then slid downhill, wherever there was a slope, scouring big channels through the chalk




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Steve the Gardening Vet

SInce this thread has appeared on 'recents', I thought I'd comment.

I have found so many dog bones in the garden while digging it over that I suspect the place is a veritable pet cemetary. I didn't keep them to work out if it is just one deceased pet or several but they are scattered all around the bottom part of the garden. I wonder if old tree roots carried them underground!


we found a well right near the house, lots of fossils (they look like monster worms) but could be something from the sea as we are right near it, we found some really old railway tracks, think they were from the old seafront railway, various old coins, a small plastic tortoise, lots of old bricks and the remains of an old garden wall.


Anyone know what this was used for, its about3 inches long.



Good thought, nothing ancient then.

Was it used. by someone spinning wool? 


There is a well in my garden which is now incorporated in the conservatory with a glass lid, it looks good when lit up at night.  Also found what I think may have been an ice house.  Its under the terrace now. Most recent find was a piece of metal in the shape of a horses head.  No idea what it was.

I found a plastic giraffe  Loads of old (Victorian/Edwardian) broken china too which is slightly more interesting.


hollie hock

Not long ago found a wheel barrow under a patch of brambles in the alley outside the garden. Perfectly useable and the tyres weren't flat! Been waiting for years to get a free wheel barrow. Not from the garden but very pleased with it

Steve the Gardening Vet

I've just remembered!

When we bought this house, there was a black plastic wrapped shape hidden deep under the leylandii at the back of the garden. We just left it there until one day we decided to be enthusiastic and dig it out.

Imagine our surprise when we carefully unwrapped a microwave oven...

Steve the Gardening Vet

We didn't risk plugging it in as there was no way we could get to at least 100m away before it went ping...

Jimmy Crawford

1950s end terrace house built on farmland. Lovely mix of rubble, brick, pottery and on one occasion a two foot lump of sandstone. Which was nice..