Eddie J

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potting bench

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:35

Hi Rosie, it's always good to see waste material being put to good use, you should add this in the 'get thrity' thread. http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/get-thrifty/1840.html

Creating a wildflower meadow

Posted: 02/04/2012 at 18:57

Something to think about in relation to removing the old tarmac, is that once lifted it is considered contaminated waste and you may have problems getting rid of it. Check with your local skip/waste removal companies before taking this route.

If this were me, I would hire a breaker and punch loads of holes through it to help with drainage, then spread a layer of suitable top soil over the top.

Get thrifty

Posted: 01/04/2012 at 16:02
Jufi wrote (see)

Love what Eddie J has done, just wish I knew where to get scrap Oak. 

Here you go, another cheap project.

One simple curved oak bench that measures approx 8' long x 16" wide x 4" deep. Total cost £25.00 The squirrel was simply carved out from more scrap oak.


Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 21:56

Dotty, if I'm reading your question correctly, and you are asking if you need to lay a membrane onto the concrete footing prior to laying 'concrete' blocks, then the answer is no you don't.

I really would strongly advise not using the example shown as project guide line. It is doomed for failure.

Talkback: How to build a raised vegetable bed

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 21:45

Please ignore Adams tip of attaching plastic secured with nails.

It simply traps moisture, raises the temperature between plastic and wood, and makes an ideal place for rot to develop. Even if it had worked, using nails breaches any benefit and breaks the barrier.

It is far better to either paint the inside of the boards with a  bitumastic paint, or in the case of raised veg beds, drag soil away from the boards during the winter period.

Mossy lawns

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 20:40

If money isn't an issue, I'd go for a product called Mo Bacter.

It's an organic fertiliser which also has the added benefit of being a very good moss killer, and the moss actually rots down and disappears on it's own, so no raking out of the dead thatch is required.

Sadly I can't justfy the cost of Mo Bacter this year and will just be using Ever Green complete, along with the hassle of lots of raking.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 17:47

What a fantastic thread.

In respect of the garden that I am currently constructing for myself, I would definitely consider it to be art. 


Our last garden was what could be considered a traditional cottage garden, and whilst it was stunningly beautiful, it somehow lacked individual flare and imagination.

The new garden which was an overgrown wilderness, has allowed me a blank canvas to explore my own imagination and creativity. Ideas are easy, construction is easy, but sadly the time and money to put it all together isn't!

I also need challenge, and even the sculpture shown above, whilst I have constructed them in within the space of the last year, I'm already bored of them and need to move and change them. To me any art whilst exciting when new, quickly becomes stale. This doesn't so much apply to plants, as they are ever changing, and hardly any day is the same. This in itself generates excitement and interest. Sadly I have to cut this short, but will add more later.

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 17:25

This project really does show an example of how not to do things! Sadly it sounds as though this ill thought out and detailed project is now going to cost sianpinnell both time and added expenditure to sort out.

No one in their right mind would lay blocks or bricks on a compacted footing/base.  A concrete footing is the correct and only method to use.

And why on earth was it suggested that "breeze blocks" were to be used. This is a major error on the part of the design and construction team. If you are going to use blocks, then the only ones to use are concrete. Anything else will just absorb moisture and blow apart with the first frosts.

Not allowing drainage is also another poor oversight.

These kind of errors really should not happen.

Talkback: Build a brick barbecue

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 14:08

Is it really worth it?

In the version shown, without even getting into the required concrete footing, it has used approx 132 bricks, approx .2m cube of sand, a bag of cement, then adding the cost of the metal work, and the labour cost personal or otherwise to build it, you could easily buy several cheap BBQ's for cost of this one BBQ!

Another factor to consider, is that brick built BBQ's are invariably built in the wrong place, and with changes in wind and weather, become an expensive and very ugly garden feature.

Get thrifty

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 18:41
HopefulJack wrote (see)

I use the toilet roll inners to start my carrots , parsnips and leeks,most of the people on my allotment site had trouble growing ( or not growing as it turned out these, partly because the soil is only about 4inches ( ok,10cms) deep in places, but last year I managed a crop of carrots on a raised bed, starting them in the greenhouse at home, in the inner rolls, then thinning out there and transplanting the lot, straight into the prepared raised bed. this year I'm trying the parnsips and leeks the same way, well almost, i am planning to only half fill the ones for the leeks, then top them up as they grow, ever the optimist !!!

Thanks for that tip, I'll try that this year.

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