Latest posts by Rosie31

England rugby

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 10:08

YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Go Wales!

What should I do with 1000 litres of horse manure?

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:52

@Pansyface, yes, I sang that at skool!

@Matt - you will LOVE what that manure does to your clay.  All the hard work shovelling it about will be more than worth it.   Lucky chap!

Children's play area - help please!

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 08:52

bumping up in case there are any other ideas!

Children's play area - help please!

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 14:04

Cheers Lyn - yes, we are going to see if their budget will stretch to turf.  Looks like we won't be able to get down there til mid-October, so a bit late for sowing seed anyway I think?

And I am going to set my daughter and son-in-law the task of creating bright coloured stuff to populate the play area with!  They will be fine with that, once we've set up the space for them....


Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 11:44

Fantastic news, DD!  So very, very pleased for you.  All fingers, toes and paws crossed that it works out as a forever home.

Children's play area - help please!

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 09:00

Thank you Tetley!  I like the idea of a "learning bed" although I'm afraid that the main lessons at the moment would be "this is what weeds look like".  But perhaps if I can get them interested in keeping the shrub border tidy, and if they see that gardening doesn't have to be dull and boring, then maybe maybe maybe....

(I'm hoping that their borders contain lots of interesting bulbs / spring plants that will pop up over the next year and get them intrigued... if not, I shall do some guerilla gardening and plant some when they are not looking....)


Children's play area - help please!

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 20:35

Thanks Ceres!

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 09:25

All fingers and paws crossed for you, DD.  Really hope it works out.   You could also try asking for help on this forum:

It is a really marvelous support network for dog owners, and there are a few members in France who might be able to suggest solutions / foster for a while.

Please let us know how you get on!

Rosie (and Pongo the enormous yellow labrador)

I D please

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 09:18

My mum used to call them "Lords and Ladies".  They are in the woods around us here, I love them!

Children's play area - help please!

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 09:10

My daughter has just moved into a new house.  She is not a gardener!  Half the garden is a lawn with shrub beds around it - fairly low maintenance thank goodness, and I'm sure I can get them to do enough to keep it OK.  The other half of the garden (separated by a hedge) has been a very productive vegetable patch - the soil is fantastic, someone has taken a lot of care of it.  It is now completely overgrown with weeds (mainly annual as far as I can see) and is 'virgin territory'.  My daughter wants to create a play area for her 18 month old son and his friends, plus an outdoor living space from where the adults can watch the kids and down a few glasses of wine.  They'd also like space for a small shed.  They don't have much cash.

I need to come up with a plan that we (my OH and myself!) can achieve for them in a couple of days intensive work, will be cheap-ish (a few hundred pounds), and that will be as close to zero maintenance as possible.

My thoughts are to suggest that half is laid to lawn (maybe seed, maybe turves?) for the dining space.  The play area would be about a third of the space, and I'm thinking:  lay weed membrane, put an edging of some sort, then fill with three inches or so of bark chip?  (She has got slide, sandpit, etc to go for equipment.)  Then the remainder would be:  membrane, flagstones as a base for a shed, fill gaps round stone with more bark chip or similar.

We'd also need to reduce that hedge's height to about a foot so that the play area is visible from the house.  I'm not sure what the hedge is.... maybe privet.... and I'm hoping that won't kill it completely. 

What do you think?  What is going to go wrong with this plan?? Is there a better approach?  And is that beautiful soil going to be completely destroyed by doing this, or will it still be in good heart if in a few years they decide they want a veggie patch and lift some of that membrane or grass to create it? (I live in hope...)

Any advice or suggestions gratefully received!



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