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Ideas for a deep tray?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:28
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Ideas for a deep tray?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:18

Bilje cheers the decking idea is good and cheap 

artjak its for some alpines i have and ideally want to have 5 and let them spread

Ideas for a deep tray?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:39

I'm looking for ideas for something like a seed try but around 10-15 cm high 60-90 cm long and 30 cm wide. i'm looking at a fibreclay trough is coming in at around £50 plus it would go with my other fibreclays, something homemade out of oak £90 tho if i was local to some beech i could get it as cheep as £20 plus a little bit of time. so guys any ideas what i could use. i like the idea of recycling 

bad soil

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:36

I have made a raised bed around 7 square meters around 10 inch deep. i have a lot of sieving to do using soil i took from my driveway will need to buy some top soil but i need to improve the soil i already have. so guys i was thinking of using a few bags of B&Q Horse Manure and possibly some bark if that's the correct stuff ta use? if i can use B&Q Horse Manure how many bags? anything else i can use? rather not waste my money doing this twice. 

pear seeds

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 22:38

cheers nutcutlet. think i'll leave it .   cheers

pear seeds

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 21:58

I have some conference pears id like to take seeds from except there dont appear to be any seeds in them? if i remember correctly the seeds are similar to apple seeds? do all conference pears have seeds?


before i go crazy can anyone advise me?




Ideas for 2 spare old railyway sleepers

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 23:44

clueless the tar and that all came out f the sleepers in the summer and still smell but bonus i actually like it brings back memories from a steam train journery i had.  maybe get some pine next year and paint them brown,

Ideas for 2 spare old railyway sleepers

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 18:29

cheers for ur suggestions guys

Mini raised beds it is. might then have 3 in total out of different materials like old pallets. 


Singy its not completed yet but all laid down once it is ill post pic 

Clueless erm no lol mine i like sleepers in fact love them.


Flowering garden interesting idea the seat with the camoille 

Ideas for 2 spare old railyway sleepers

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 20:24

4thpanda if they had been untreated oak sleepers then yes but these are the old old ones with creosote and the other good wood preservatives.


thanks for idea

Ideas for 2 spare old railyway sleepers

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 19:59

i have covered my driveway in these i have 2 spare and have been thinking of ideas how to use them without just waste using them they are approx 2.6m long each. my ideas so far have been stepping stones but would only use 1 if i made them very chunky, a 60x60x30cm raised plant bed, like totem poles type things, hollow them out as plant pots (which i have done to a few off cuts) and post for a bird table.


any ideas much appreciated 

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