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Latest posts by KT53

Quick Growing Hedge

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:10

That's just a tiddler NewBoy2.  We had our garden gutted and only then did we realise the that chain link fence was only being held up by the plants.  140' of fence panels later.....

Pond Fabrication

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:08

Newboy, sleepers if well anchored would probably do the job but I was responding to Carlington's questions about whether brick or block would be better.

I have a couple of raised beds made with sleepers - 3 sleepers on edge which makes it about 2 1/2 feet high.  They have reinforcing rods driven right through and about 2 feet into the ground to prevent the weight of soil pushing them over.  I didn't do that myself, the installation was done professionally and that was their construction method.

Bamboo Trees

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:03

My own experience is totally different to that of Verdun, which doesn't mean Verdun hasn't experienced problems.  I have the golden and black versions of Phyllostachys and one clump forming bamboo and haven't had any problems with any of them becoming invasive.  They have been in the garden at least 10 years.  The golder Phyllostachys has thrown out a couple of runners but I've simply chopped them away and pulled them out.  They certainly haven't turned the garden into in impenetrable jungle, unlike the runners which came up from my neighbour's fruit trees.  They were a devil of a job to get rid of.

I've seen it suggested to contain bamboo by sinking a plastic dustbin, with the bottom cut out, and planting the bamboo in that.

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 13:36

No real problems here (Gloucester). I've seen a few TV aerials hanging on roofs but the only problem I've had is the loss of about 3' of gutter from above a bay window.  It must be awful for those who have been hit by the storms, floods and loss of electricity.

That said, I have little time for those like the woman who got herself on radio and TV to complain about repairmen leaving the job when weather conditions made it too dangerous for them to work.  She then went on to moan that the electric company lied to her about work being done because "The line outside my house is down and nobody has done anything about that".  Doesn't the self-centred, stupid woman realise that she isn't the only person in that situation?


How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 13:30

Given the amount of rain we've had recently I would not attempt to dig over the ground unless you are on VERY free draining soil.  You can certainly set about cutting back the overgrown areas.  Just pile it all up and allow it to dry out - it will dry slowly even in poor weather, then have a good bonfire.

Pond Fabrication

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 13:24

If it's 3' high above ground level you are almost certainly going to require reinforcement in the brick/blockwork so hollow block with reinforcing rods and concrete fill would seem to be the most practical, if not pretty, way of doing it.  There will be a fair amount of sideways pressure with that depth of water so over-engineering is certainly preferrable to 1200 gallons of water escaping at a later date.

How much soil do I need?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 12:47

Dave, you ain't wrong about not being good at maths are you   Jimbo would have about 4.3 cubic metres left over and that's a lot of potting up!  Fidgetbones has the right number.

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:51

I've got the Kindle Paperwhite which is fine for reading but useless with photos.  I use it instead of taking 'proper' books on holiday etc, but wouldn't even want to use a tablet with colour screen as my main source.  Give me the physical book any time.

New Family Home with Lovely Garden - worried beginner

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:45

Previous posts really have given the best advice - watch the garden for a year before attacking it yourself.  Plants may get a little untidy but you can cut them back once you've identified them.


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:42

We had masses of ivy and trying to clear it by hand was going to be an impossible task.  We had the borders rotovated in April and have had no regrowth to speak of.  Just one or two bits reappeared and they could then be removed by hand.

As we were stripping the entire garden rotovating was practical for us.  It may not be if you want to keep and established garden.

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