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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:43

I did lots of research and took lots of advice and in the end my thinking was along the same lines as Busybee - keep the damp away from the inside and let it dry out from the outside.  

I didn't use plastic on the base - I used a thin permeable membrane so drainage wasn't affected - what it did do was prevent the topsoil washing out of the bottom of the beds - something I'd seen happen before - and the beds drain well.

I filled the beds with an approx 50:50 mix of organic manure and good topsoil, and there's certainly no shortage of worms in there.  


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:33

Can't get along there today Snoodle - that part of the ring road is closed for re-surfacing - or at least it was yesterday and it didn't look as if they were near finishing .   My car has to go down to the bottom of Grapes Hill then turn left.  I'll walk into the city centre from there - you can't sneak out of the office for the morning can you? 

Grape vine

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:31

Hmmm, we had grape vines on the farmhouse where I grew up many years ago, but back then pruning was pretty hit and miss, but they always fruited.  

Now I've got a newly planted vine in this garden and I'm very much on a learning curve, getting my information from  John Cushnie's 'How to Prune' and this website 

Hope that's of some help 


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:19

Morning Snoodle   

I leave mine in a pot in a sheltered corner 


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:17

Good morning all   Another lovely sunny morning here in Norfolk.  

Have to get the car to the garage for 9am to get the air con fixed - shall I come back on the bus or spend the morning mooching about in the city ............. decisions decisions 

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:12

I used permeable membrane on the bottom of mine, to prevent soil being washed out as the lawn wasn't totally level.  I stapled it to the sides to fix it, and then stapled some thick polythene around the inside to help protect the wood from the wet soil and the roots of the plants from any preservatives in the wood.   Total cost about £3 each raised bed. 

Grape vine

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:08

Do you know the name of the variety?


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:04

Yviestevie - sorry to hear about daughter - hope she makes a speedy recovery 

Picnic was lovely thanks Bekkie  

Very  now....................... 


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:51

On the way there we came upon this just after it had happened

A member of the public had helped get the driver out and he didn't appear too badly hurt thank goodness; the police were just arriving on scene so we got out of the way and left them to it.  

Still one heck of a mess and the main road was closed northbound when we returned after our picnic - diesel and chicken manure - an unpleasant mixture 


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:46

Hello folks - I'm back after a lovely but tiring day.  

We went out to the coast to Orford and walked along the riverbank towards Orford Ness.  It was a beautiful day and the sea lavender was out all along the saltmarsh along the riverside - DD braved the mud to pick me some samphire for supper tomorrow

 The sea lavender was gorgeous.  Afraid the pics are a bit fuzzy - the light was so bright it was hard to see to get the focus right 

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