Latest posts by LeadFarmer

pet companions

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 21:11

These are the latest two labs that we are fostering until a home is found for them. They come from a broken marriage and needed rehoming. These boys are absolutely beautiful and we will miss them when they are gone..

Bird ID

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 22:37

Beautiful looking birds. Im lucky enough to get them in my garden, and I encourage them with sunflower hearts and niger seed.

Ive also had them nesting in my laurel hedge. Their nests are tiny yet beautifully made...

Last edited: 27 April 2017 22:40:18

Dead frogs

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 20:50

No, they look perfectly normal and unmarked. Some were on the lawn by the pond, some were in the pond and bloated.

Dead frogs

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 17:40

Lots of dead frogs appearing in my mothers garden, both in her pond and on the lawn. No marks on them, so haven't been pecked by the birds. Quite strange really. I guess it might be some kind of disease?

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 19:08
Topbird says:

Beautiful garden Lead Farmer. 

Your excellent planting sets off your handywork very well. I really should have a go and making those obelisks myself...

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 Thanks, they were actually very easy to make. I didn't even use a tape measure. I just laid two timber batons at angles on the patio, made sure they were square (not wonky) and joined them together with the cross pieces, then marked around them with chalk on the patio, and then put to one side. Then laid two more batons on the floor, lining up with chalk marks and joining with cross members,  then joined both sides together with more cross members.

Geof finished his off with plumbing ball cocks on top, but I didn't get around to that bit.

Last edited: 12 March 2017 19:12:31

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 12:37
Topbird says:

Hi Paul

I know we old f*rts keep banging on about Geoff Hamilton but that is because (for many of us) he really was the person who taught us how to garden. His garden at Barnsdale was much larger than most of us can dream of (5 acres) - but he built it from scratch and divided it into several much smaller gardens (each with it's own theme) which were of a much more relevant size to most of us.

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 Having watched him create his country garden, I was inspired to buy his book and DVD and I had a go at making his obelisks. They turned out quite well..

Last edited: 12 March 2017 12:38:17

Can anyone recommend a good make of greenhouse pls?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 23:51

I bought a 8 x' 6' Hercules Blenhiem greenhouse with toughened glass back in 2009 from thegreenhousepeople, and it has stood up to all that the weather can throw at it. 

i would advise buying the biggest greenhouse you can afford, with toughened glass, flush threshold, wide entrance door, high eaves  and automatic vents.

Here's a photo taken not long after I erected it..

But its currently being used as an overflow wood store for my firewood.


Last edited: 07 March 2017 23:53:00

Lawn plastic mesh reinforcement

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 14:03

Thats pansy face.

Ive seen some on eBay that can be pressed into an existing lawn. I dont want to seed my new lawn as I will have then to keep the dogs off it for a few weeks. Turfing would be better if I can find the right product.

Last edited: 01 March 2017 14:04:06

Lawn plastic mesh reinforcement

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 22:57

Anyone ever used plastic mesh reinforcement on their lawn? 

The part of the lawn that our dogs use can get churned up and muddy during the wet winter with the dogs walking on. I intend laying a new lawn this spring and i'm considering using this mesh which should prevent the problem.

Ideally I need to lay turf rather than seed so that its instant. 

Anyone any experience of using mesh on their lawn?

Last edited: 28 February 2017 22:58:47

Log storage

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 22:50

I made this for the patio from fence posts and feather edge timber..

And behind the garage is one that is out of sight from the house and doesn't look as good, and is made from pallets..

Last edited: 28 February 2017 22:51:17

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