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raised beds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:19
Sorry - have only just found this thread.

The main problems with sleepers is the creosote content (as pointed out above). Whenever it gets really hot there is risk of preservative oozing out and the sleepers becoming sticky. FB has suggested a way to protect the soil & plants but you still risk brushing against them whenever you're working or harvesting round them. Tar on your clothes is not great & I would still have concerns around leaching into the soil.

Personally I'd stay clear for this particular use. I wanted a similar look and used pressure treated pine sleepers for mine. They have a pleasant chunky look same as railway sleepers & are strong and durable.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 16:39

For those thinking of going to Sissinghurst - I can thoroughly recommend it. I have been 2 or 3 times and the best time to visit will depend a bit on your personal interest. In spring they have fantastic displays of tulips etc but my favourite visit was at the peak of rose season - stunning.

Be warned though it gets very very busy - especially with coach trips. (it is on all the Japanese & American tourist trails and lots of native garden clubs / WI etc organise trips there).

I think it is busier at the weekends and you might be better aiming for either a very early or very late visit.

Clearing a garden

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:59

LOL,  Pauline 

How true is that!!

Hate to tell you this Mr T but when I sowed lawn seed last year it was a good 2 weeks before there was any real sign of germination. But, to be fair, it was early summer after the longest, coldest spring in decades. Your soil should be nicely warmed through which is why this is such a good time to sow. Hopefully you'll see something soon!

All I'm saying is any blurb on packets of grass seed or the TV which says "a new lawn in 7 days" should be taken with a sackful of salt.

Good luck.

East Anglia Forkers Outings

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:09
If it "helps" Dove - it seems West Acre do refreshments on special event days so, hopefully, that could mean a C-A-K-E stop too....

Cake and plants, cake & plants, cake & plants ..... how could you resist ...! (devil smiley)

East Anglia Forkers Outings

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 11:37

Thanks nut - I'll be in touch nearer the time - I probably won't know for sure if I can make it until the Friday - but I've got your phone number in case we don't catch up on the forum.

It does look like a really good event (& I like the other nurseries associated with this garden) so I will try very hard to get there.

What with that & Beth Chatto's the week after - it's going to be a garden-rich September - hurrah!

East Anglia Forkers Outings

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 09:51

Hi Nutcutlet - I didn't know about West Acre Gardens but - after a quick Google -  it looks like an excellent trip. We only get back from holiday on the Friday but I might see if I can possibly get there - it looks very much like my sort of place & I like the sound of 'other nurseries' being there 

Are you going in a private capacity or did you want to meet anyone else going? Nobody will be offended if you want to stick with your own family or friends!! 


A Senior Moment.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 21:56
Enjoying a couple of Snowballs this evening (with a cherry on a stick of course). Feel a bit queasy now though......

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 18:34

Actually Yvie ... I did mean Arctic Roll !! LOL  

I've only had Baked Alaska once & that was in a restaurant. We had Arctic Roll a lot  on Sundays

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:29

Linda - I'll see if I can find some Pony - I think I remember that. Do you think it will go with the Findus Crispy Pancakes followed by baked alaska I'm having for tea?  NO,no - don't get me started down that route again - OH! ok - forgot to say tinned fruit cocktail on the side.

Runnybeak - I love the flying saucers too - actually it's the sherbet I like & I have been known to buy myself sherbet dabs before now (quite recently actually ). I used to eat half of it and tip the rest into water to make sherbet drink.

I'm obviously younger than you lot  'cos I've always lived in a fully plumbed house! & the washing was done in a machine (single tub with electric mangle).

We didn't have a fridge or a phone till I was teenager though. The phone was on a party-line (not jollification party - a shared line) so we always had to make sure nobody else was already on the line before we used the phone.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 09:31

Gremlins are out again - sorry about the double postings...

I've got a bit of a headache after all those E numbers and dubonnet so will take it easy today. See yous all later

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