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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 18:41

Dolgarrog, the two new beds took two 'jumbo' (1000 litre) bags to fill with about half a bag left over which I used to top-up the large bed.  The one by the door is 180cm long x 60cm wide x 60cm deep - that's 648,000 cubic cm which equals 648 litres. 

With square beds it's easy: Length x Width x Height (all in cm) then divide by 1000 to get litres.   As FG said, it takes more soil than you realise to fill raised beds!

Verdun, the almond is an excellent idea!

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:26

Zoomer, I know exactly what you mean - I was always followed around the garden by a furry 'nuisance' in days past.  Pepper, Marmalade, Startle, Sneaky, Bubbly, Toast, Tigger and Muffin are all laid to rest in my garden.  Each one has a special shrub growing where they were each buried so I'm constanty reminded.  The OH won't let me have another cat as she's developed allergies but if another stray needs a home, I'd find it very difficult to refuse a new 'little helper'.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:04

Like fidgetbones I've spent most of the day shredding.  Cut back most of the wild hedge - mainly hawthorn with wild roses, ash saplings and crab apple growing through.  Don't know what I'd do without the shredder - the wild roses and hawthorn are lethal!  Rain stopped play though, so need to be careful if I go out in the evenings next week as I the path and border by the hedge is now covered in piles of very prickly clippings!  I don't know what type of wild roses they are but the stems grow 15-20 feet tall before falling over sideways.  One used to grow nearly to the top of a 70ft Ash tree before that was blown down a few years ago!

Parsnip problem

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:28

The only thing I know of is to grow varieties which are less prone to canker.  My pet theory is that at least some canker-looking damage may actually be caused by carrot fly which are also atracted to parsnips so fleecing them may help. 

Butternut squash

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:25

As long as you harvest them before the first frost they can be left out, but if they get any frost at all they won't keep.  However, if the leaves are already dieing you may as well harvest them now.  They will keep for several months and will continue to ripen if left on a windowsill etc.  When you cut them from the plant, leave a piece of stem about 2 inches long on the squash as that helps to prevent them rotting from the stem end while in storage.

Quince Tree

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 23:48

That link might not work and the site edit button isn't working, so try this instead:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=298

 

Quince Tree

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 23:45

Hi Allotmentmad, quinces need a long growing season and some protection in more northern climes so it depends on where you are.  RHS advice is here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Fruit-A-to-Z/Quinces-(1)

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:23

Cheers Verd - I'll check those two out.

What tree is this?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 19:38

I think that used to be the case Andrew - heavy metals were iused in coloured inks.  Those inks have long since been banned though and I'm sure I remember Monty saying he composts all of his junk mail.   Tear it up into as small peices as you can manage though and mix it well with soft green stuff or it'll take ages to break down.

Problem Weed

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 19:30

I can't quite place it either, Nut.  Initially I thought it might be on of the willowherbs, but it also looks a bit like some kind of campanula.  If those little blobs are tiny flowers (tricky to see in the photos),  could it be redshank?  That one can be a bit variable in form.

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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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