Latest posts by KT53

Suggestions for large pots on 1st floor roof

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 08:15

My first thoughts are also about the load bearing capacity of the roof.  Large pots will be extremely heavy when full and standard joist for a flat roof aren't designed to support that sort of weight.

A Border Spade which will last?

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 17:29
B3 says:

 This is a bit like it, but mine's more solid-looking

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 That flattened head looks like a cross between a pick and a mattock although I suspect considerably lighter to use.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 20:09
Jason milly says:

Kt53 not jealous just been brought up with value for money I dont think some parks have that type of money in their budget for a year .

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 And who is the arbiter of value for money?  If I spend an amount on an item or service and I'm happy with the outcome and the price, to me that is value for money.  To somebody else it's "more money than sense". 

I've recently spent a lot of money having my garden changed to suit my requirements.  If I'd been able to do it myself it would obviously have been a lot cheaper.  The reality is that I can no longer do the work myself and, even if I could, it would have taken me months and left the garden unusable for that period.  I'm content that I have the result I wanted, put money into the local economy and achieved the whole thing in an acceptable timeframe.

A Border Spade which will last?

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 20:03

If you repeatedly break tools you are using them incorrectly.  A spade or fork is not the tool for levering out major roots.  As nutcutlet says, a mattock or pickaxe is far better for breaking the soil away around heavy root growth.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 17:23

Palaisglide, I know we're going way off the original topic, but the two most costly weddings I have been to have also been the two shortest lived.  One was a two day affair with pink champagne, jazz band, hog roast etc, etc and lasted under a year.  The other was overseas, accommodation for the bride and groom cost nearly £4k for 2 weeks, add in reception and all the associated gubbins such as travel and accommodation for guests (admittedly not paid for by the bride and groom or their parents) and it must have cost nearer £10k.  That one lasted less than 6 months.  I learned later that one party had major reservations even before the day but thought they'd be able to change the other party after the event - they were wrong!

Back to the original topic and I almost sense a bit of jealousy coming through in some of the comments.  Some people will splash the money on a garden, some on holidays, whilst others stash it metaphorically under the mattress and end up as the richest corpse in the graveyard.  Each to their own.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 11:18
Muddle-Up says:

A bit like stepping into Legoland, I thought.

Still, her money, her choice, but perhaps not the best candidate the BBC could have selected for the series out of hundreds who will have applied.

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 I suppose for the BBC it's too late to back out once filming has started.  The initial ideas may seem perfectly OK, but then again as Muddle-Up says, it's their money.  I'm sure that if we saw each other's gardens there would be elements we liked along with those we loathed.

"The money could be better spent on xyz" is entirely a matter of opinion.  Not picking on Palaisglide, it's just the only specific suggestion made, but I can't think of anything worse than blowing 10's of thousands of pounds on a wedding.  That money could better be spent on the deposit for a house, but that's just my opinion.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 13:04
Palaisglide says:

Did not like the brickyard at all, typical though all the changes of mind and little idea of the cost, I would have been sorting that lady out very quickly.See original post

 What do you mean?  The contractor isn't going to 'sort her out' as he will be making money from every change she makes.  It's not up to Monty either to say she can't do this or that.  Her husband didn't seem in the least bothered about the cost.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 10:50

Fairygirl, I think you're absolutely right about people underestimating the cost of hard landscaping.  Just doing our patio took 2 people nearly 2 weeks.  It's a largish area with raised beds at the side, but just the labour cost for that is substantial.  Add the cost of materials and the cost can soon rocket.  Just make sure you have a fixed price quote, not an estimate, before the work begins.

Obviously the price is much lower if you can do the work yourself, but I can't.

Ruin in the garden

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 10:42

One thing it is very effective at is providing height in a flat garden.  As DHR says, so many rockeries end up looking like dog cemeteries.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 20:47

The 'folly garden' cost about £25k according to long suffering hubby.  If that's how they want to spend their money then good luck to them.  Complete remodelling of my own garden probably hasn't cost much less than that over the years, although it is a lot bigger than theirs.

The allotment garden was inspirational.  The amount of work and dedication was amazing.

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