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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 07:39

Morning all. Very chilly here. I can see frost on the roofs of garages/sheds here. 

Brideshead for me chicky. My favourite book of all time but you'd have to go to Castle Howard for the real effect 

They went back up after Lewis came back Lesley's a conspiracy....

We don't want anything happening to you...check that Kevin Whately's not there first... 

Glad the day trippers had a good day and OL had a lovely holiday. Wasn't on last night - too tired after a long day in the garden so I'll have a quick look round before I go to work.

where to start!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:21

That's a big project isn't it! Time and finances play a big part in anything you undertake in  a garden so just take on what you're able to do, and do a bit at a time. It lets you get to know your plot too.  You'll get lots of help, advice and suggestions here on the forum as you go along.

If you're handy with a saw and a screwdriver, the raised beds are in your capabilities. Sleepers are easier if you only need them one sleeper high - very little prep required. It would allow  you to get something to look at over winter while you make all your plans for next year. It'll be here before you know it! 

Making your own hoops for netting

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:00


I think that's the usual way - the blue plastic pipe nut mentioned and canes or similar  pushed into the ground to fix it. 

Spring bulbs early

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:54

Dove - my primroses have never stopped flowering!

Last year lots of daffs and crocus were poking through early. They settled down as the weather got colder though Lulu.

Sweet pea planting soil.

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:51

Knew you'd appear with the right advice David!  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:48

Just bumping this up for a new poster looking to create a new lawn 

where to start!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:46

Hi clueless. If I was you I'd get the raised beds done first. That way, you can get some plants in  - bulbs for spring right away! The lawn is a different ball game and a lot depends on your finances and time. A recent new member to the forum has cleared his established garden, levelled it all and sown a new lawn but it has taken a huge amount of work as I'm sure you can imagine. If you want to clear it and level it then it's best to use weedkiller - possibly more than once - to get rid of everything, and that will give you a clean slate to work with. Rotivating can create problems as it's easy to chop up any remaining weeds and make the problem worse so just be aware of that. It's usually better to use a fork,spade, rake and elbow grease  to get the soil sorted!

Bearing in mind the time of year, you may want to leave the grass till next year unless you can afford to get a company in to do it, simply because you might have a sea of mud over winter if you don't complete the project quickly .

If you do a search for the thread 'Clearing a garden' on here, that will bring up Mr Toast's thread about the garden I mentioned and you can see what was involved. If I can find it, I'll bump it up to the first page here for you 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:29

Just been reading Edd's post. Rather him than me 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:06

Your climate brings it's own problems David! You can grow all sorts of things that I couldn't grow here though 

Hope your wasp stings are better now.


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 08:58

Morning all. Lovely day here 

Hope everyone has a good trip - including Steve!

KEF - didn't take long to hack down the bud - digging it out might not be so easy 

Lily - the cuttings from last year have all flowered and are a decent size - they'll soon catch up with Mum 

I was hoping there would be cake today. Has anyone got a birthday or anything?...

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