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To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 18:04

I have the same problem here with muddy boots and clay soil Gemma 

The bonus is that when you get it in good heart you can grow plants really well in it  -as you've found with your veg plot. I've always had clay soil to garden in and it can take time to get it right but it's a great medium. This summer and autumn have been very dry so it's helped enormously with all the digging I've been doing.

 Looking forward to seeing your pond gradually develop. You have a lovely site for the garden 


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 16:43

Oh I do like Cleve Dove  

I don't like mince pies     ...though yours do look good enough to eat Lyn!  

Hope your Mum enjoyed them 

Been sorting out my Canna - cut it back and put it in a little makeshift cold frame thingy. Bit more gravel has been shifted. Sick of the sight of it...

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 16:34

Hey Gemma - no wonder your neighbour has a  boat! 

The slate chippings obelixx mentioned would be a good option as they're flat and less likely to stick. You could extend the path across to the shed though, so that you're on a firm surface for working between the veg plot and shed. If the whole plot is pretty wet and sticky I think you'll either have to invest in some drainage methods (either the soakaway,  or tons of grit mixed in to the whole plot) to improve the other area or plant it up quite heavily with just pathways through it and a small paved or gravelled area for seating/dining.

...and maybe a bucket of water next to the veg plot to stick your feet in when you come out! 

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:45

Good luck with it John. I'm sure it'll be great - you're certainly going about it the right way and being thorough. That always pays off  

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:41

A boardwalk for boggy areas definitely needs a bit of mesh/chicken wire to keep it safe. One of the walks to a few very popular Munroes in the Highlands has a long boardwalk across the area from the car park visitor centre to the main paths. It allows people who are not doing the hills to see and walk round the large area on the approach which is full of loads of different vegetation and wildlife. All covered in chicken wire for safety 

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:17

The trouble with being 'holed up' for any length of time is that our ideas run away with the purse strings ...

It's always tempting to rush into it because we want change to happen instantly, but it definitely pays off to take a bit of time to think ideas through. Good luck with it all when you get started and keep a photographic record of the progress. It really helps when you have those days when you feel a bit dejected with it. I've been taking lots of pix so that I can do a 'before and after' next spring once the new  lawn gets underway. 

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:05

Perhaps take some time over winter to think about some ideas Gemma. Draw up a little plan of the right hand area since that's the bit that you really want to organise and change. As obelixx says, a larger gravel is better - it also stops cats seeing it as a litter tray  I've just got a couple of tons of a golden one delivered which is brighter and works in with my planting as I have a lot of golds and greens,  but there are loads of choices depending on your preferences.  

I've used trellis on another fence where I built raised beds and it provides support for clematis but also looks attractive in its' own right when they die down. The raised beds have a mix of planting including evergreens. An informal curved area of planting might suit your plot better - crescents of planting to hide the shed a bit and encourage you to walk through the area - and also give some privacy for seated areas. 

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:36

It all comes down to pocket and time Gemma. You could paint the fence a toning or contrasting colour depending on your likes and dislikes and put a few climbers in or quick growing shrubs against it which will solve most of the problem quite quickly. Some people use the willow/reed screening as an alternative if you like that. I built a new fence last summer here, painted it dark green, and planted some buddleias and other things along part of it. You can hardly see the fence in those areas now. 

Once again. SORRY.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:24


That's all I'm saying  


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:18

Edd - at this rate,  you'll be looking for a new home for Christmas  

I taught my ex husband to drive. He backed my b***** car into another one. 'Didn't see it'  apparently. We'd just walked past it to get into mine....

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