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Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:11

The black is oil on the surface being attacked by mildew - teak is such a hard wood that the oil doesn't soak into it, it just sits on the surface and in our climate the mildew gets it!  When we bought ours the previous owners had oiled it and it had gone black  - that's why they didn't want it any more.  We've just left it outside and rubbed it down with scrubbing brushes when it's been dry and it's turning that lovely silvery colour.

If I were you I'd get your son to power wash it again and then leave it alone, don't oil it or anything.  That way it'll develop a lovely silver patina like the  furniture in the gardens of stately homes 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:00
Haisie wrote (see)

Goog morning all, I've not been on for a while - very busy! A friend has barn owls living in her barn thing and she said that they have not produced any chicks this year and it's a sign that it's going to be a hard winter. Anyone heard that before? It's gone cold here and chucking it down!


I think it's more likely to be a sign that last winter was a long and very hard one, the mice and voles that the barn owls feed on were under the snow and the barn owls couldn't fine them - I saw hungry barn owls hunting during broad daylight over snow-covered fields because they were so hungry.  Many barn-owls only just made it through the winter, (and some didn't make it at all)  they will not have been in any fit condition to breed and probably the females didn't produce eggs or would not have been able to sustain long periods of sitting on the eggs without feeding.  

The problem would have been made worse by the fact that the previous year was so wet that many small mammals drowned, so there was less food about for the barn owls anyway.

Hopefully a much better summer this year will have helped return the numbers of small mammals to a healthier position, and fingers crossed this winter will be easier for the birds.

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:54

Is it real teak?  If so it doesn't need any treatment and is quite ok left outside.  We have a set of teak garden furniture which we bought second hand and we leave it outside 365 days of the year.  It's lovely to be able to sit out on the terrace with a cup of coffee on a sunny midwinter morning.

We like the silver patina of naturally aged teak so we don't even oil it.  Teak is such a hard wood that it doesn't need any preservative.  We just give ours a good scrub over once or twice a year with a stiff bristle scrubbing brush to get rid of dust and grime.

If you prefer the honey-coloured look you can sand the teak to remove the patina and then oil the timber.

Don't use plastic covers on teak furniture - they trap moisture and can cause rot - it's far better to leave it in the open air to breathe.

Bulb advice please plus future plans

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:38

Looks like really good hedgehog habitat - have you seen any hedgehog poo around? Will you be able to keep some undergrowth for them?


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:29

I've got to dash into the city first thing this morning, so I'm hoping that this weather is going to hold so I can make good use of it this afternoon.  

The lovage in the herb garden needs cutting down (it's about 9 ft tall) before it seeds everywhere, and there's some pricking out and potting on to be done 

Geranium attack!

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:25

Some people's lives take unexpected turns and they're not always able to follow things up immediately (sometimes never ) .  I try to assume that something's happened which means the OP is now thinking of other things rather than that they are being deliberately rude - that is unless they make a habit of it, in which case I blame their parents - they probably didn't make them write thank you letters after Christmas! 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:18

Good morning all   Sorry Stacey, we've got bright sunshine and blue skies over here 

I'm happy to see the rain because ...

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:50

We've had some drizzle but nothing heavy - although drizzle is good to start with after a prolonged dry spell as it softens up the ground a bit and lets future rain soak into the soil.  Heavy rain falling onto dry ground can cause problems.

I need more rain here over the next couple of months - I've got to dig a big new border at the front of the house this winter 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:47

I think Verdun is trying to fool us - I think he's probably a retired pop star or someone trying to hide his celebrity status 

how to freez onions

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 06:30

Or if you have any old laddered pairs of tights, you can cut them into individual legs, pop your onions inside and hang them up somewhere cool and dry.  To use them just cut a hole in the foot and take the onion out and tie a loose knot in it .... 

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