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New Shed Advice

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:53

Hi All,

As per my previous post I have now planted my Hornbeam hedge and they are starting to bud nicely.

My attention has now turned to treating myself to a new shed. but I have a few questions.

I previously had a dog run in the corner and the area is paved over but the slabs are not 100% level.  Will this be a major issue?

What's everyone opinions on pent versus apex roofs?

Obviously I need to get in to maintain it, so how far away should I site it from my new hedge.

Many thanks

Hornbeam Hedging Question

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 22:39

Hi all,

I am planning to put a Hornbeam hedge round the perimeter of my back garden as it is against an old fence I want it to grow about 8 feet high to give me some privacy.  The ground is very heavy wet clay so I think this species is the best option.

My big question is should I plant a single row or a double staggered row?

Last Years Seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 22:54

Thanks very much for the replies folks.

I'm pleased I asked as I will save a few quid this year, so my veg will taste even better!!

Last Years Seeds

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:36

Hi all,

A bobby basic question here, so please bear with me...I have some seeds left over from last year as I always order too many and I am keen to know if I should bin them or can I plant them?


Sorry if this has been asked before

Composter not composting!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:26

As with the comments above turning is the secret and try to keep it moist.  I turn mine every 6 weeks and moisture with some booze via my

I also have a probe thermometer which is a good way of checking when your bin is working and when the temperature drops its time to turn.

Have a look on You Tube for some advice too

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 21:14

That's Monty done till March!

Hopefully there will be some repeats of some gardening programs on through the winter season

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 18:33

I have one of these machines and it has been excellent.  I now use it to collect all the leaves in my street and my neighbours gardens.  I get loads of leaf mould for the heavy clay soil in my garden and allotment, plus my neighbours ply me with booze for keeping the leaves tidy.  So it a win win for me.

They are expensive to buy new but you can pick them up off a certain online auction site for a fraction of the price.  But avoid buying at this time of year as everyone has the same idea.

Have a look at it in action..

stihl tools

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 20:25

I'm sure you can do it, but as usual with Stihl you can kiss goodbye to your warranty.

There is a post on the Arbtalk website about the same query, but I think it burned the clutch out quicker.



Posted: 21/10/2013 at 11:42

As everyone says above they like slighty acidic soil,they need to be planted just below the surface, and they like regular watering when the fruits begin to appear.  They don't like water logged soil, so try to make sure they are sited in free draining soil.  Lastly give them a good mulch  and when using manure keep it away from the stems.

Remember they are essentially brambles.  I suspect they are in an area which is too wet

Issues with hedge trimmers

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 21:37

Have a look at the Stihl Super Harness, it is quite expensive but it does the trick

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