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Clearing a garden

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:57

I have seen a whole new side to Miss Dove today....

...and that won't help you get any work done at all Mr Toast!! 

The sprinkler Busy-Lizzie mentions is the type I was talking about - mine is a Hozelok - but they're probably much the same. I have found that mine will cover an area nearly 20m by 10m when it's on full. And, as BL says, it is a nice rectangle so no dry corners.

The main reason I suggested it is simply because I get VERY bored watering by hand - especially if it has to be done for several weeks - a sprinkler just makes life a bit easier.

Still, NW England - nearly the end of summer - if it's gonna rain anywhere it's likely to be there! Hope you get the rain you need (your neighbours won't be too pleased with your rain dancing though - being a bank holiday!)

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:46
Have any of you still got glasses collected with petrol coupons? I've got a soup mug I still use regularly & have only just replaced my Green Shield Stamps food mixer....

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:43
Oh dear - this has been a real senior moment - but one that's lasted all day reliving all this exotica!!
Good fun though - i'm off to the Poundshop tomorrow to see what I can find in the food aisle ....

Clearing a garden

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:03

Dear Mr Toast

Please, please would you come and dig out some new beds for me???? - you are clearly a real grafter and I can do cake and I do come from Yarmouth originally as well. Please, pleeeease....

Seriously tho' - I have been following this thread &, like so many others, I was a bit shocked by your plans at first. But I have to hand it to you for sticking to your guns - I think we're all dead impressed by what you've achieved and you are quite right to want a garden suitable for you and your family - after all - we're not going to come & look after it for you are we?.

There will be lots of excitement & help available (if you need it) when you're ready to start planning what to put in the raised beds. In the meantime I wonder if it's worth investing in a better sprinkler just now. So much time, effort & not a little money spent already - a decent sprinkler is not too expensive and will last a long time. I think the back and forth bar ones are best - especially as you can adjust the arc of them if you find you're watering the patio as well. They cover quite a big area and are quite soporific to watch.

Looking forward to the next instalment...

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:46

...we'd sing and dance forever and a day....  


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:40

Thanks Lily P - that's very helpful - will have a look see.

I'd love to borrow your rotavator - I could do a lot of damage with that!! Fortunately for the cat and the neighbours I have a man who brings his own when I need that sort of work doing.

It is fun (if a bit daunting at times) making a new garden and I'm doing it bit by bit. Some things I know exactly how they should be - other bits are a little harder to visualise. My OH is quite impatient & doesn't 'get' gardening so he sometimes finds it hard to understand that it is often better to let a garden take it's own shape over time - he enjoys the results tho' - especially on a hot day with a cold beer in hand!

It is only about 1/3 of an acre (much smaller & less grand than yours appears to be) but is plenty big enough for me to play in.

Would love to come and see your garden if you ever decide to open it to the public.

Thanks again for your help.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 15:29

G & T followed by .....another G & T followed by pizza made by OH or chicken curry made by me the day before so just have to heat it up.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 15:24

Actually I think Paella was my favourite - with bits of dried prawn that had the texture of a pencil rubber and tasted of ............ nothing!

Might have to buy one to see just how grim they were.

I used to think I was soooo sophisticated eating such things - especially if I had Angel Delight (butterscotch flavour) for dessert 


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 15:18

Thanks Lily Pilly. It certainly sounds as though a tumbler might be good for a combination of kitchen waste and small soft garden waste.

For the moment I'm not putting kitchen waste in my big garden bins because I am a bit on the phobic side when it comes to rats. I did use kitchen waste until a rat took up residence in my old wooden bin & now I'm very careful(a bit on the OCD side about it if I'm honest!)

But a tumbler is off the ground and as near to rat proof as it's possible to get and it would be good to start recycling the kitchen stuff again. Three weeks is really quick - so I think you might have convinced me to supplement the big garden bins.

Thanks for your nice comments about my garden. Unfortunately that's my old garden! We moved a couple of years ago & I'm working hard to make a garden here from nothing - unfortunately we also have a house to do so progress is slow but I'm starting to get there. Might post some before and after pics soon....


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:03

HI Lily Pilly

I DO know what a tombola box looks like - guess that makes me 27 too... 

How long do you think it takes to get the compost mature enough to use in the summer? I was wondering if they are quicker than my compost bins which take several months. Is yours large enough to accomodate much garden waste?

Love, love, love your garden by the way - you have done a really great job there

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