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After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:27

A bit of chicken and maybe a Yorkshire pudding but that's about it 

and darn fine it was too!  

Rocket Salad Leaves

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:25

They can get a bit stronger and a more sharp if the plant starts bolting and many people don't like the taste but I don't mind it at all. I grow wild rocket and love it in with other salad leaves - same as flowering rose 

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:20

If I've been busy out there all day and I'm on my own I'll have whatever's lying around - leftovers if there's any, or just toast with something! If I'm worn out and the three of us are here I might get a takeaway if I don't feel like cooking, and no one else does either. 

Of course, since oldest daughter's around today and we got some food shopping earlier, she's done the roast dinner complete with all the trimmings, so - sorted! 


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:20

BL - I already posted the really bad bits of my garden because someone thought my garden was always tidy...think I proved it definitely isn't! Work in progress though - that's my excuse 

Think chicky met the 'girls' on one of the Garden visits a while back. Think fidget (maybe?) posted a pic of everyone - she was the glamorous one who looks like Rita Hayworth....

Right , had lunch so back out I go. Shifted most of the timber etc that got delivered and done some bits and pieces as well as food shopping and collecting daughter so now she can help me put some posts in 

Railway sleeper fixing

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:13

I've used 3" (75mm) posts concreted in to attach fencing timber to for my raised beds so I'd think that's a good option. You'll need something fairly long and sturdy in the way of bolts to fix from the back of the posts through to the sleepers, but I reckon that would be ok. Laid that way they'd be quite stable anyway. Put the posts in to a good depth as well and don't skimp on the quantity. I presume you meant 25mm timber fixings, not 250mm, but I'd go with  75mm and get them down to at least a 300mm/450mm depth. You can countersink the bolt heads on the inside of the posts so that you don't catch your hands on them when you're planting or generally working in the bed.

Others may think differently but I'd be fairly confident with that, cd 

The Garden Media Guild Awards 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:03

Not looked at this but - what on earth's a 'garden media professional'  nut? 


Clearing a garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 13:58

You were talking earlier about some raised beds to double as seating so I'd keep the bag out of sight somewhere (if possible) until you're ready to do those. Even a few raised beds will use a lot of soil so worth keeping for those.

Or you can send it to me - I've got new  grass to do in spring as well   


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:00

Woody - I believe you  - honestly  

Well I can't sit about all day on here like some of you - I've got stuff to shift and dig and all that jazz 

Catch up later - have a good day everyone

duck nest

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 09:18

Are you a politician by any chance Peter - you could get one on your expenses? 

Sorry - not sure there are plans available for that sort of thing. You'd possibly have to build a little island while initially making a pond, but if you mean the 'raft type' ones I'd guess you build a basic wooden raft with poles lashed together and timber on top, with the nesting material on top of that , and push it out into the pond  a length of rope and secure that well at the side of the pond with a post into the ground. 

Strawberries for the north

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 09:10

Have you taken runners from them frensclan? That's the usual method of propagating new plants to replace the old ones when they get tired. About three years is the average lifespan for strawbs and then they get a bit weary. You should have runners just now - the long stems that grow out and away from the plant. You just peg them down into pots of compost or the surrounding ground and then detach from the parent plant once they've rooted. Grow them on and in a couple of years they'll be productive - you might get a small crop the first year but the usual advice is to remove all flowers to let the plant get bigger first  

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