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New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:53

I'm going to have a go at a cut flower garden in one if my raised beds.  Will sacrifice spuds to do it. Hope it's worth it! Excited!!

Greenhouse advice!

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:39

Before shots...

 After digging up the turf. We hired a turf cutter and it was HARD work!

 Dad and our delivery of sand. Two builders bags.

 Slabs....t'uther half and dad doing the heavy lifting.

 Laying the slabs. 

We paid a chap to help lay the slabs. 

The greenhouse was bought off ebay for £850 which was great value as they are really expensive new. The slabs and sand cost about £200 and the help to lay the slabs was about £250. Think is was about £80 to hire the turf cutter. Also paid about £380 for someone to dismantle, collect and re- erect the greenhouse. Money very well spent as hours of happiness already! Did this in 2012.



Greenhouse advice!

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:14


Popped out this morning to take some pics for you, and dig out the plans. Gloomy grey day so sorry this pics are a tad dull.

Staging down one side. Two shelves. Top one narrower than waist height one.

 Slab 'path' down the middle. Fully stabbed under the staging and left open to the ground on the other side.

 Paving around the edge for anything in pots.

And finally those plans. They probably only work in my head (!) but hope maybe of use.



Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:28

Thanks Green. I'm trying not to be a NIMBY but must admit that some of my objection is down to the fact that it will spoil what is a lovely view, and also block sunlight, in addition to the loss of habitat etc. 


Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 14:22

Wow! Just got back in from taking mother in law shopping to see all of these really helpful replies.  THANKS! 

Ill check for TPOs. They are glorious big old trees. 

The skittle alley is grade 1 listed so I'm hoping that will help. 

We've got newts in our garden so they must also be in the field. The river Witham runs across the bottom so I think they may come up from there.

Ive looked at logging it as a village green and found some info about Local Green Spaces that may help. 

So very helpful all - huge thanks.

Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:03


At our last Parish Council meeting a bloke presented a housing scheme. It's to go on land owned by a brewery. 12 houses. The land is basically an old field between the pub and the side of my house. There is a very unusual listed building at one end of the field; thought to be a very very old village bowling alley, but it just looks like a small old long barn. 

One half of the field is currently used informerly as somewhere for kids to play while their parents are in the pub. It is also used once a year for a steam engine rally; miniature ones. Lasts about three days. 

The field is a haven for wildlife. Birds galore. There is a lovely thick hedgerow down both sides. A couple of huge Apple trees on it too. 

It would be so sad to see it get built on. A planning application is yet to be submitted so I want to start building a case against it in advance.  Has anyone ever done this with any success? If so, any tips?

From what I've read, there is a presumption in favour of new development in the UK so I fear it's going to be a struggle. 

The village has already seen so much new housing development in the last few years. Feels like it's turning into a small town. Amenities are really stretched as it is. Three weeks to see the doctor, drains flooding from not being able to cope with the capacity, lots more traffic etc etc. 

Greenhouse advice!

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 20:28

Hello Newticle

in my humble opinion....

1. Would guess polytunnels tend to be used slightly more commercially or in small holdings. In growing terms id guess you could get higher temperasures in a greenhouse which, depending on what you are growing, may be a good or a bad thing.

2. Shade in a greenhouse is not always a negative thing, especially if it is to be in full sun. The amount of shade would obviously depend on how high you have the brick level.  A bit of shade at a low level will help with moisture retention. Again, glass to the ground is likely to produce a growing environment with more heat. 

3. I spent AGES planning the inside of mine. I have kept my sketches on graph paper which I am very proud of! I thought about what I wanted from my greenhouse. For me, that was a 'pottering' area for planting seeds, potting on, taking cuttings etc...a sort of gardening version of a desk I guess. I also wanted to grow in the ground to maximise growing space, be efficient with moisture retention and also give room for roots to grow. I also wanted the opportunity for a 'change' should I want to re- arrange the layout in future. So I laid two thirds with slabs and one third as earth. I put two shelves of staging down one side. It works an absolute treat. Not sure you can see it from the photo below but hope it helps. I also have a wooden pottingham desk which I use for storing plant food and tools etc. It slots neatly under the staging when I don't need it. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.


2015, here we come!

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 21:21

My new year started today! Have taken all the decorations down; compensation for putting them up so early!  House feels lovely and clean.

Pottered about in the greenhouse earlier. Found homes for garden related Christmas presents.  Sweet peas seem to have recovered from their leggy start. 

Had a good look at the flower beds; still partly under snow!


Posted: 27/12/2014 at 09:54

Morning! Too much fizz last night - sore head this morning!

It's still white over but only thin. Photos for you Star...

 Isn't it weird - no where near warm enough for the thermals one minute, then snow the next.  Good for the garden? 


Posted: 26/12/2014 at 21:28

Two inches and still rising....! 

The snow's settling well too - ooooh matron!! 

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