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Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:37

How strange! Now I've posted the second answer the first one has appeared!

Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:35

I wrote an answer to this but it didn't appear, someone said to enter by hot threads so trying that.

Although I am a keen gardener I am also a rider and I feel it is a shame to get rid of an arena which a horsey person would give an arm and a leg for. They can add value to a house and, if made properly, can be very expensive to install.  If it is just bark on soil it may be possible, but it will be acid and lacking in nutrients as fidgetbones has said.

If made properly there will be foundations and possibly a membrane. Have you dug under the bark? If that is the case, it will be difficult to make it into a garden without some heavy machinery.

By the way it is a Manege not Menage. It is a French word and menage in French means "housework". A "manege" in French is a covered arena. Programmes like "Escape to the Country" get it wrong all the time. Strictly speaking it is not either as it's not covered, it is an arena or a school (for horses!). Sand ones are "sand schools".

Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 15:02

It may have foundations or a membrane underneath, if it's been made properly. They can be very expensive to make. There may not be topsoil underneath. There may be hardcore even. Have you dug down? The bark alone will not be suitable for most plants. I have horses and I can't help feeling it's a shame to get rid of something that most riders would give an arm and a leg for. I am also a keen gardener.

Also the correct name is manege. It is a French word and menage means "housework", not an arena! They constantly get it wrong on programmes like "Escape to the Country". A real manege should be a covered arena.


Posted: 24/09/2013 at 14:43

Just posted 2 posts on Evening Forkers, looked as though they had posted, but when I left and came back they weren't there

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 14:39

Seemed to work, will it be here when I switch off and come back. I never actally logout.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 14:37

Hello all, this is probably not the right time to be here, but want to see if it's working. Haven't posted much recently, hectic social life.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 17:42

I would be very happy with that, Dove, if someone would be brave enough to start it. "Hello Forkers" would be fine.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 17:21

Think I like shaded glen best too. Goes with the silver planting ? artemesia.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 17:16

That's fine Dove, becuse you were answering something on this thread. It gets confusing otherwise. It's gone 6pm in France now so I can write here, but I have just answered something on morning thread.

Brumbull started the 2 threads instead of one and people liked him, but now he's gone. And left us with two, I find it a bit muddling.


Posted: 22/09/2013 at 17:07

I was in GW a few months ago but I don't think the papparazzi reach deepest Dordogne. Mini fame because one of the posters here wrote and told me I was in it!

We've been to a birthday party lunch today.

Were knackered after Church BBQ yesterday and all the clearing up and the booze so we woke up at 9.34 this morning.

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