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Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 22:19

lol dean, loads of deck to rip up.. if it's anything like mine, it's murder for slipping, planning on having it all gone tbh, esp with 2 under the age of 5.. decking looks great, it is a shame it's actually a nightmare, even in full sun, come winter time, a real hazard, how many folk in to hospital from slipping on decking to get a fractured hip? Decking is rubbish unless it has something over top to aid grip, then it looks rubbish, so decking.. meh... no.


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 20:08

from experience copper strips aren't always effective, however a mini electric fence with a 9 volt battery is. Very simple and easy to stick around raised beds..

I'm ok because I decided my raised beds would have gravel around them, because the beds get the sun most of the day, I don't have a mollusc problem with my veggies, I use sacrificial crops to protect my flowers.

here's another one, the setup is really simple, maybe useful for the non gravel raised-bed types


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:53

the old underfoot method, Mind, I have to say dead slugs make even better bait than young lettuce to other slugs.. I do occassionally use pellets but very very very sparingly. I try to get one pellet every 4 square inches. And this is only at start of season on my raised beds. They are set in a gravel area, so it's usually only the keeled slugs in the ground that need killing.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:48

I use a pump sprayer, cuprinol I think, and wood preserver, most important thing with fencing panels is to have a shamfered top, so water runs off and away, rather than down, and also so the panels aren't touching soil at the base. Spray the preserver on every few years, takes minutes per panel. I would also like to add, don't buy the rubbish panels from B&Q or Homebase. They charge 20+ per panel and the stuff is rubbish. I found a local place to me who made panels to order, 6x6' for less than 20 pound, they are vertically lapped, and set on 2x2" batons.. they weighed a tonne and were treated. Thinking I won't have to worry about rot for a longtime, and they were cheaper than the garden centres.


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:37

usually the cost!!! Personally go out every evening once it gets a bit milder collect them up, and dispose of them, if only you could eat them eh? lots also grow a little extra produce which is then sacrificed, slugs won't go eat the hostas if there's lovely young lettuce or cabbage spread around the plants you want to keep! Lettuce you can grow 10 a penny, also means collecting them up is real easy every night.

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:33

what will geoff make of them.. hopefully not a picture starting his dahlias in the GH wearing a mankini


edit, and you weighed less cos of all the calories burnt smiling!!

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:20

Well maybe I should let you into a little secret about floodlit, That side of my house is a tiny cul de sac, and we have had those new-fangled street lights fitted, the ones where the light doesn't go up to cause light pollution, I think they are LED too, anyways, I could, if I so wished go outside and read a book in my garden in the middle of the night! The light is white light too, not orange, so it's all good.

been out doing near 8 hrs of the back-breaker today, going to try start for 7.30am tomorrow. Need this sorted so I can go on to the next project!!! I have seriously wondered what I'm going to do when all borders been dug out sifted planted etc.. prob sell the house!

Barrel Greenhouse Giveaway

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:15

Yes, very nice, but at 400 pounds you could buy a cheap greenhouse much bigger, and less likely to topple in strong wind. If you are marketing it as somewhere to propagate and overwinter plants, lots bigger and better products for cheaper. Sorry to seem like a stick in the mud, just saying it as I see it.

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:09

Caz, my missus said 'you can do the washing up', to which I retorted, 'certainly my love,  as long as you remove the turf!'. Deadline is tomorrow evening before the rain, once it rains you have no chance to do owt. This lot should have been finished last year, but due to my lovely clay soil, it takes a week plus to dry out to actually work with. I was checking the diary, last time we had a week plus with no rain was like march last year!

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 12:58

 Arrived today, fantastic piece of kit, turned a dalek in about 10 mins. If you screw it in 4 inches at a time and pull no problems. I'm really impressed, should last me a lifetime too. Big TY to FigRat.

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