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Where do i start?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 12:54

I have come to this thread very late but I hope advice is still valid. You have lots of good advice above but I would second Wintersong's suggestion about seriously considering water and electrics for the end of the garden.

Yes, a hose can be extended from the house to the veg patch but it is so much easier if you have a second tap next to where you actually need it (rolling and unrolling hosepipe several times a week gets very boring!)

If you site the tap carefully you might be able to hide it a little so you can leave a hosepipe permanently connected or you might be able to set up a small irrigation system (fairly cheap & quite fun to do) to make watering the veg very easy. 

Putting in water to the end of the garden is relatively cheap & easy when you are completely remodelling it - it's much more disruptive when you've laid your new patio etc. And if you are digging a trench for water I would put an armoured electric cable down to the shed at the same time. Make the trench about 3' deep with sand at the bottom - plastic water pipe on the sand, then more sand. Then a foot of soil and then the armoured cable.

You are just making life easier if you decide you want a water feature / lighting / use electric power tools in the garden in a few years time.  I thought twice about doing it in my garden when we were digging everything up but eventually decided to bite the bullet & pay my landscaper a bit extra to do it. I use the water every day in the growing season, keep tools charged in the shed, a radio plugged in & the heated propagator on the go. I can also use my shredder near my compost bins . I don't know why I ever thought I didn't really need to do it.


Posted: 31/03/2015 at 16:55



Posted: 31/03/2015 at 16:54

Horribly windy here. Have just taken delivery of a new bike (got to get fitter!) but have no intention of test riding it today - the window cleaner said he had to slalom through all the wheely bins which have blown into the road. My lovely landscaper has just repaired hazel panels screens which were damaged in a strong gust this morning (fence post completely snapped off at ground level) . I am so grateful to him for coming so quickly - the damage would have been much worse if it had been left.

Feel for you p'doc - life feels really c**p when it's one step forward & 2 steps back. Grit your teeth & hang in there - the weather will get better, the garden will dry out & you'll be able to enjoy a glass of something alchofrolic in the sun before too long. 

Matty - I like Sarah Raven stuff - a bit expensive - but what the heck - you know you're worth it!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:47

Hi Lyn

I do understand your concerns around your mum's funeral - I do not 'do' crowds or small talk very well either. For both my parents' funerals I felt very much (at the time) that I would rather be anywhere else but there.

Looking back, however, the formal event did give a sense of closure and moving forward. People were kind & supportive and family feuds (which had caused me much angst in the days prior to the events) were forgotten for at least a few hours and people made the effort to be civil and courteous to one another out of respect for my family. 

I think it was a healing process overall. Don't worry about what to say or how to deal with everyone - they are there to support you not the other way round. Nobody will expect you to be the life and soul of the party & will understand if you are a bit quiet & reserved. I'm sure nobody will judge you if you want to slip away early because it's all 'a bit much'. 

I hope it all goes as well as these things can and it gives you some peace and closure x



Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:38

My cat has just come home after 10 days in the cattery. First thing he did was to patrol his patch to see who'd been visiting in his absence. Second thing was to spend 15 mins rolling all over the newly emerging catmint leaves giving himself a good coating of the scent.  He was thoroughly high by the time he'd finished and didn't even notice that it was pouring with rain and blowing a hooley 

Thickening a Sparse Beech Hedge

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:43
Hi & welcome Northern Clay
Just to add my voice of reassurance....
We also have a beech hedge which normally gives us good privacy - but it was very high in places making hedge trimming a difficult 2 - 3 day task. It was also very uneven & quite thin in one or two places.
We had it cut back hard in December (abt 1.5 m ht reduction in places) to encourage it to thicken up & to make maintenance easier in the future. At the moment it looks very sparse (the cut back removed all the leaves which would normally give us some winter privacy) & anybody using the footpath at the side of the house can see straight into our sitting room.
I can, however, see buds forming & I know we've done the right thing. I will feed it now I can see signs of growth & I am hopeful that a little TLC this year means we can have a beautiful thick hedge in the future.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 13:12
Ooooh thanks Lesley - just the job with my tea

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:13
Right now I have a strange yearning for one of those marshmallow & biscuit & chocolate teacake thingies - nice & cold from the fridge.
Not quite a biscuit I know - but really, really fancy one...

nipped off primrose's

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:14
I think I know who-dunnit Granma!
I accuse Mary Berry in the kitchen with a sugar syrup.

Have just watched her crystallising primrose flowers and leaves to decorate a Simnel cake on the Bake Off Easter Special

Problem solved

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 18:17
Cheap as chips jam & cream sandwich biscuits when I just need a sweet fix.
Duchy Original chocolate orange biscuits when I'm feeling flush and sophisticated.
Had some lemon & rose petal shortbread recently. Thought it would be like eating a bar of soap but was delicious - too expensive for everyday tho'

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