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Pros and cons of using railway sleepers to create a retaining wall

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 11:20

It should look great Lou.    Here is part of ours vertical sleepers up the sloping path and horizontal long the flat part at the back of the house.  That extends another 10 or 12 metres on the other side of the path.


Pros and cons of using railway sleepers to create a retaining wall

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 10:47

 No plans to raise it or extend it.  We built it when there were no bottle banks round here and the shops didn't give money back on our favourite Oz and Kiwi wine bottles so it was a recycling initiative - much scoffed at by OH and the chappy who laid the terrace but it has proven its worth since and they love it.  

A tip for anyone considering building one is to make sure you have a good foundation of broken bricks and stones levelled out with concrete .   You then just lay your straight sided, high shouldered bottles with no fixing except something to hold them at either end.  Back fill with soil from the bed it's holding up.  Top with something to sit on (recycled marble slabs from fireplaces here) and fix them with cement.   The railway sleeper on the short wall is held there by gravity. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 10:12

Hugs from me too.   So pleased she had a peaceful end with someone who loved her close by.   I hope the grieving process is as peaceful.   It sounds like she has a loving family and had a good life so lots to celebrate too.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:41

Secret Garden?  What and how please.

Hope the launch of the new look goes smoothly.

Feedback from BBC about GW being cancelled

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:39

Fluff - Has anyone ever actually counted the time lost to the intro, the "what's coming up", the long, lingering, soft focus shots of Monty and/or dogs walking around with his barrow or a pot or a plant but not actually gardening or explaining gardening and plants?

If the programme does go to one hour, or even 40 minutes, I don't want the fluff to increase in proportion.

And can we please have the botanical and variety names as subtitles?  They seem to be lacking of late.

Pros and cons of using railway sleepers to create a retaining wall

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:12

We have used old sleepers complete with occasional metal straps to make retaining walls varying form knee to waist height to level our veg plot at the back and a fruit plot at the side behind the parking area.   We got chaps in with bulldozers to move the soil and muscles and machinery to move and cut the sleepers.   They lined the soil side with sheets of black plastic to stop moisture from the soil rotting them too soon. 

No problems with smells or stains in the 15 or so years they've been there.  We have lichen and moss growing on them so they're definitely not toxic, despite their soaking in whatever..

The more interesting - but only knee height - retaining wall is made form wine bottles......


Engineering bricks or solid bricks for patio project

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:03

As I understand it, engineering bricks are baked at higher temps so resist wet and extremes of temperature much better than ordinary bricks.   Engineering bricks are often advised for path edges etc.

Feedback from BBC about GW being cancelled

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:01

Oh for heaven's sake.  We've had one hour specials before on GW and the regular veiwers have been delighted and said so so why a "trial"?   Why can't they just make every show and hour long from the start of the season?

Choysia tenata

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:07

If a general feed doesn't help, get some Epsom salts, dilute 1 tbs in 1 gallon (15ml in 5 litres) of water and pour over the leaves using the rose on your watering can.   This will provide them with magnesium.  Its deficiency can lead to chlorosis - yellowing leaves.


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:02

I once picked up a tip about aspirin on some website so this is nothing new.  Here's the quote - 

"You can revive a sickly plant with the help of a soluble asprin - this really does work - it needs to be dissolved in a pint of water and will do wonders . Asprin is salicylic acid - exactly the same as the growth hormone in plants and derived from willow bark".

It may not cure the problem directly but it makes the plant healthier and better able to resist disease.   As Steve says, you do need first to remove all affected leaves and any that have fallen to the ground in order to stop the spores spreading.

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