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lead label punch

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:50
You can buy modern machines which use metal tape but they come at a premium price around ??200. Electrical companies often use them to tag their equipment.
If you're only doing a few I would buy a set of letter stamps and do them manually, you can normally get scrap pieces of brass pretty cheap for making the tags.

Help with grenhouse please!

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:32
On my frame I used gasket as this was used originally and it's a lot quicker to fit. W clips may well work it depends on how far the retaining groove is from the glass, it was only after I'd bought some that I found out they didn't retain the glass.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:18
Pricked out Nicotinia and Zinnia seedlings, prepared beds on allotment ready for sowing and planting. Covered raised bed with enviromesh to keep out carrot fly.
Sieved homemade compost and applied as a mulch to flower borders and finished of by making some metal plant supports as per Monty's method.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:08
Saw first Swallow this morning in Otford, Kent.

Help with grenhouse please!

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:02
I've just rebuilt a second hand GH. I didn't have the advantage of stripping it it was a freebie from a friend.
I was missing a lot of clips and had trouble sourcing them, they are similar to the ones you have shown and are called Headen clips. W clips didn't fit my frame.
I couldn't get them locally but I found a couple of suppliers online, if you Google Headen glazing clips then you should find what you need.
I would say you definitely need Z clips as they hold the glass in place for assembly.
Good luck with the build, are you going to put the frame on a solid base? I would advise doing so as otherwise you may stress the frame and in turn put load on the glass.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 18:18
Only a small section left to dig over, that's where the Purple Sprouting Broccoli is. I quite like this stage when the allotment is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with veg. At the moment it looks like I have loads of room, in a few weeks I'll be scrabbling for space to plant.
Weeded, fed and mulched the fruit bushes.

Bad knees

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 15:43
To be honest I think kneeling for a short period is better than sitting on a stool and leaning forward, I've been on many manual handling courses and none of the lecturers could provide ' evidence' of how you put into effect in the real world. Basically you have to know you're own limits and limit exposure to uncomfortable positions.

Bad knees

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 14:24
Hi Lou, I use kneeling pads for my job as it sometimes involves kneeling on open grating, which is painful, good knees or not! You can buy trousers( Lidl and Aldi do men's and women's versions) which have a knee pouch where you can slip in the knee pads, much more comfortable than the strap on type.
Good luck with the South Downs, me and the missus have completed about half so far. Did the North Downs a few yrs ago and loved it.

patio circle

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 19:55
As Pansy says it's all in the prep. I helped my brother landscape his garden 10 yrs ago. For the patio sections which were 3/4 circles the ground was levelled roughly then a layer of scalpings added @ 1.5 to 2 ins deep and compacted. Then the slabs were layed on a bed of cement and finally a dry mortar mix was pressed into the gaps between the slabs. Lots of work but after 10 yrs no slabs have moved.

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:38
No digging in the house garden but regular digging on the allotment.

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