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...I met a plant that wasn't there...it wasn't there again today... I wish I wish it would go away.
I fear that a silver birch would develop too large root system to be close to the house, shame because they are so beautiful.
There are loads of polytunnels around where I live, both commercial and domestic. I have never seen any rain gathering system on them, which does not necessarily mean the technology doesn't exist. There are companies on the internet that sell polytunnels and all their accessories, some even produce big fat catalogues; they may have something you could buy/copy at home.
jo4eyes, thank you for cheese sausages info; they sound delish.
Bjay, do you have to fight the birds for them? I grow 4 kinds of gooseberry and 1 blackcurrent, but always thought that raspberries were somehow tricky.
If you are using masonry paint in bright pastel colours, you will probably need 2 or even 3 coats; the more solid the colour the less likely it is to look patchy in 9 months time, just when you want them to look their best. If someone on freecycle has some Acrylic (not solvent or polyurethane )clear varnish, you could slap a layer of that on top of the masonry paint. But I think you will be ok; you can always put a new layer of paint on each spring. Would certainly paint them initially without compost in; so much easier to handle. Just lay out some plastic sheet first. Am looking forward to seeing finished product.
Raspberries in November! Incredible.
Steamed some really fresh cauliflower, made dressing from tin of anchovies including the oil plus good balsamic, black pepper, plump sultanas and blanched almonds, lightly dry fried (yes all rather Sicilian). Fab.
I get blue and great tits in the garden; but I haven't fed peanuts for many years ever since I heard that they can have a mould that causes the birds to die.
This morning bright, sunny, not too cold; hurrah can do some gardening!
Poor postman just arrived, nearly swimming.