John Harding

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Camera Corner

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 23:50

This one taken at Kew Gardens at the water-lily pond, still pic taken on Sony HD Camcorder HDR-7E in 2008





Posted: 07/11/2013 at 23:36
No expert wrote (see)

Looks good john. What size is the channel iron?

Channel for this bed was 2"x1"x20" (50mmx25mmx 500mm) approx. I bought 8 pieces and welded them together to create 4 posts with slots facing 90° to each other as the pic. shows, then had to Kango the holes in the concrete and set them in rapid cement using 3 spirit levels for vertical in 2 planes and with a narrow plank to get them all the same height. The original posts  made for 3 other beds were 50mmx50mmx500mm but my supplier couldn't get 50/50 when I wanted them so he supplied 50/25 - (you can just see the original posts in the corner of the second pic of my previous post (page 137)).


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 15:41

Hi Dove,

Cost would like as not be prohibitive - the steel channels 1/2 mtr long cost me £38, the tanalised timber boards cost £55, the Jetcem quick set cement to set the posts in (4 x 3kg) were about £20 + the welding rods and Hammerite green paint made a total cost of around £120 to me! still, I shouldn't have to make it again in my lifetime John H


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 15:19

Been out doing a bit of necessary gardening: have completed the raised bed and have also installed a 10 metre soil warming cable to my 2mt x 1/2 mtr cold frame. That should warm the soil so as to be OK to treat the vine weevil grubs that have been feeding on the roots of my winter spinach with nematodes - have squished a few but I guess there's plenty more in the soil  

Below are some pics of the new bed and the steel channel guides I made to support the new tanalised 6"x2" timber boards.









Camera Corner

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 10:44

Ah! but you can't put a macro lens on an android phone David: (or can you?) - technology is moving so fast these days nothing would surprise me!. Remarkably good pics for a phone-cam Lyn.


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 08:23

Making a new raised bed at present: The first one I made about 15 years ago finally expired because I didn't use tanalised timber boards. I just screwed untreated 6"x2"x4' boards together with some 'L' brackets.

I'm making the new one using some steel channels welded together at 90° to each other to create 4 posts which I will concrete into the ground, then I can cut and slot in new boards. I'll post a pic later when it's all done.

silly quotes

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:55

'evans above (Welsh steeplejack)

Die the death (Welsh undertaker)

silly quotes

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:53

John I'll join you with that one

"Drunk as a lord" ...

there is another version that refers to a newt!

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:46

A few autumn colours: these were taken on a Panasonic FZ7 on 17th Oct. 2007










 All taken at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. Originals were Tiff files from RAW images but I've had to convert to jpegs to upload here. JH

silly quotes

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 17:32

Drunk as a lord


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