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Raised beds - best method of construction?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:32


Yes - 30cm is a foot - whatever school you went to  

It's like timber merchants and builders - all the wood's 2.4 metres, 3.6 metres in length, and 100mm or 150mmm width etc, but then you get 2 by 2 which is inches....


Did you mean my raised beds or is there a photo of the OP's that I've missed too?    

Last edited: 25 February 2017 14:34:08

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:27

Thanks Dove - I've replied  

I'm just back from the nursery - they had loads, but I resisted temptation 

They're all beautiful nut - hederifolium is more suited to my conditions. I think if I buy coum again, I'll either have to have it in pots and overwinter it ( can't be a**ed with that  ) or buy it as an annual. 

Used some for the courtyard table thingy at last house when selling. Still have the alpine dish and the sempervivums  

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:14

They're pretty straightforward shrubs. I wouldn't bother feeding as they've had quite a lot of stuff already. If you wait a month and give them a general feed then - not too much, something like a sprinkle of Blood, Fish and Bone  - and then mulch with the manure, that should be plenty. Make sure they've been well watered ( not usually a problem at the end of winter ) before applying the manure mulch. That'll help them retain moisture and will feed the soil. It's something you could do in spring and autumn.

Then let them grow away. See how they are in a few months, and if they still look a bit pale, do a foliar feed then. 

You can add the bark as well on top if you want, but  I'd  keep that for a later date as a mulch, or use it elsewhere in the garden for now.  

Pruning helps them thicken up, so carry on keeping them trimmed as you've been doing. They naturally want to grow big and wide, so it can be an issue trying to keep them as a narrow hedge. Better to keep them tidied up a little, regularly, instead of letting them get big and then having to hack them back. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 13:54

Is that the Gorilla tape doc? If it's anything like as good as the glue - it'll be brilliant. I used the glue for securing a batten to the house wall to take the bolt for the gate. I couldn't get a hole drilled deeply enough for the rawlplugs and screws. I was sceptical - but it's rock solid. Stronger than the new post the gate's attached to - which split at the hinges in the last stormy period. It's now all glued together with ....yup  

Michael Caine - very good 

I decided to go to the nursery after dropping fairylet at work. The idea was to go for a walk nearby after as it was supposed to dry up, but it was still lashing down. Of course, it cleared on the way home 

Might just go for a quick jaunt round here and then brave the forecast snow for tomorrow and head up one of the hills at R and be Thankful. 

I bought two white versions of the Lady Hellebore I have and compost. Nothing else 

How can I thin a Privet hedge?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:23

It'll probably do it the world of good   

If you're really hacking it back a lot, a good tidy round the base afterwards, and a little feed, water and mulch will make it look great and give it a good start for the rest of the season. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:20

Ahh - I didn't know you had seeds in with the bulbs Jacqueline . That makes a difference of course  

Hope the seeds are fine!

Raised beds - best method of construction?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:18

I still don't see why you'd need posts set in concrete either, unless you're intending planting a lot of very big shrubs or something. If you are, beds of that dimension probably aren't going to be adequate anyway.

If you're planting on a slope, the beds should be built so that they're horizontal anyway. They won't look right otherwise.

As Kitty says, a photo would help. 

Think the beds are to be 5 metres long, Kitty - not five foot, but I'm assuming the sleepers will be joined to each other with timber or metal struts at the back, and also have something joining them (timber battens)  at right angles, to the backs of the beds as well at various intervals..... 

Where to buy

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:40

Probably not that common as small plants in GCs, so if you can't, or don't want to, grow from seed, a quick online search will probably find some suppliers of plants or plugs etc. 

I'd stick with a reputable, known supplier though - there will be lots of dodgy outlets on eBay and the like, so always take care if buying online. 

You say you've had no success with seeds in the past. If you want to try doing some again, I'm sure you'll get plenty of help here if you describe the issues you've had. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:33

Pat- thinking of you. I'm sure it doesn't get any easier to bear, but hopefully you can remember some of the happier times and it will bring a smile or two xxx

Obleixx- haven't you heard? He'll just say they've found alternative facts instead....

I don't want to tempt fate, but it's actually starting to look ever so slightly brighter...and calmer... 

Dead lawn

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:29

There looks like quite a definite 'line' between the two areas. Have they been done at different times, or is there a slope that doesn't show properly in the pic?

I'm asking that because the condition of the underlying soil could make a difference to the quality of the grass. 

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