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Best Free Garden Design App

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 17:38

I signed up for Sutton's vegetable planner when I was designing my potager.  Doesn't cost much and you get a design tool plus regular tips by email.   Some of these have been quite useful but the software itself can't cope with my 29m x 25m plot on screen or printing out all at once as allotments and veggie plots are usually smaller.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 17:08

Our weather forecast is very volatile at the mo but not our weather.  However, the storms forecast for here have clearly hit other parts of the Vendée because we have had no internet for 24 hours cos of storm damage.......    We have had a couple of showers.  That's it.  We do now have normal June temps hovering about 20C which is very comfy for pottering.

Anyway, spent my day painting things and walls and giving houseplants a shower and tidy up and top dressing as needed.   OH has done all the ironing and then rotavated a 7m x 3 m bed in the potager which will become 2 squares and a central path for growing sweetcorn and squashes.  Another will follow for beans next spring and then I'll have a rotation.

Have read back but 3 pages have befuddled me so I'll just say hello everyone and I hope all are well and those who aren't are improving and finding solutions to aches, pains and worries.

Last edited: 27 June 2017 17:09:34

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 15:51

If it is, you shouldn't cover the concrete with anything but build your terrace beyond it.

How often is "frequently"

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 15:50

If yu've done them in trays it's better to stand the tray in a bigger tray of water and let it soak up what it needs and then remove and drain any excess.  If in the ground, you have to use your judgement so try feeling the soil next to your rows with your finger tips and if it's dry, water.

Gravel borders

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:29

I find gravel easy enough to hoe and then tidy with a rake if needs be.  In an ideal world the plants grow together to cover the ground and prevent weeds but while they're getting to that size the gravel retains moisture and keeps the rain spots off them.

This is what one should look like IMHO - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1

ID needed please

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:25

Looks like one of the sparaxias to me, or a close relative perhaps.

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:22

Cement is the usual medium for fixing slabs.  

Before closing that 10cm gap, check where your damp proof course is and any air bricks.  Going up to that level or higher will knacker them and be hugely detrimental to the fabric of your house.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 11:03

NOt me Pat.  Clari.

Proud mum indeed Busy.  Congrats to son and you too.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:50

Lovely pictures Pat.   You're very talented and also must be very patient.

I have been awake since 5am and gave up and got up at 7am and have been on the go ever since - watering treasures, tidying up and tying up the rubber plant after taking it out for a good hose down; fixing a light in the funny wardrobe, cleaning mirrors, putting up hooks, cleaning floors and playing with kittens and dogs.  Fading now so a fresh pot of coffee is on to brew.

Slightly cloudy today and just the right temps for working.   OH is trimming long bits of bramble form our mixed hedge - secateurs in case of birdies so a long, quiet job.

Clari - hope the "carrots" method works on your OH.  If not, just hide you car keys till he's compliant.

Haven't read back so greetings to all and have fun, whatever you're doing.

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:42

Also, just laying slabs on sand is asking for trouble.  Rain will filter in, wash it away and leave your slabs very unstable and then dangerously uneven.   Better to set them in a thin layer of concrete and make sure they slope very slightly away from the house so you don't invite problems with damp.

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