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Making a raised bed

Posted: Today at 18:09

Doors will make very deep beds unless you're able to cut them down.  A raised bed for veg doesn't need to be more than about 9" deep.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:09

If you can see gnaw marks on the seat adjustor is suggests something rather larger than a mouse I'm afraid.  You do need to get a trap in the car as soon as possible.

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:14

Done.

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 14:58

Bookertoo, my gran used to call them lazy winds - they went straight through because they were too lazy to go round!

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:42

I live in Gloucestershire and can count on the fingers of 2 hands the number of times I've needed to de-ice the car.  It's been one of the mildest winters I can remember.  I have a lot of alstromerias in pots and the frost hasn't even caught them.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:39

If you're making pottery I assume there's a kiln involved.  To be honest my first concern would be fireprooofing around that.  For insulation I would be inclined to use the type of panel mentioned in a previous post with something like marine ply on the inside.  If the shed has a pitched roof there will probably be a gap between the walls and the eaves of the roof so ventilation shouldn't be a major issue.  You could always add air vents near the bottom of the door to improve air flow.

Garden edging

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:32

I've used the plastic edging from B&Q.  It does the job for me and it's pretty sturdy.  I used a piece of timber and a lump hammer to get it just below the level of the grass and it's virtually invisible.  I looked at the metal edging but the cost is very high as I need about 200 feet of the stuff.

new lawn on compacted clay

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:28

To clarify, are you saying your garden is 6 to 7 feet lower than your neighbours?  That's how I'm interpreting your original post.  If so I think you may have a problem with water from surrounding properties draining down onto your garden.  Add compacted clay to the equation and you could soon have a free swimming pool rather than lawn.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 22:33

The bruising is multi-coloured at the moment.  I haven't killed the elder, just a bit of drastic pollarding I call it.  Anyway, have you ever tried to actually kill one?  There are some branches growing from near the base so I plan to let them grow, but keep the overall height down so I can keep it under control without climbing ladders.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:40

There was a big elder tree growing at the bottom of our garden. It was best part of 20' high and shaded our neighbours garden for most of the day and our own in the late afternoon.  I decided to do the neighbourly thing and chop it down.  Not too much of a problem chopping the branches off as elder is pretty soft wood.  I even cut off about the top 6 - 8' of the main trunk without problem.  By this level the trunk was about 8" in diameter and more difficult to cut through.  I finally managed to cut it about 90% through when it decided to commit suicide and fell over my shoulder!  I was standing on a ladder at the time and although it missed most of me, it smacked my calf on the way down.  That smarted a bit I can tell you, and I've got a beautiful bruise for my troubles.

The moral of the story - keep the **** thing from growing that high in the first place.

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