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Exposed aggregate steps

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 12:19

Hi, I've a vertical garden, and currently have sleepers and rebar for steps.  This works well.  Some need refreshing and I have another couple of flights to build.

Anyhow, it seems wood is expensive, even reclaimed sleepers.  And I'm now thinking that pouring/making some concrete slabs, same size as the sleepers (probably 2feet long) might make for a suitable alternative.  And I think it will also work out cheaper.

I have a couple of questions though.   I'm wanting exposed aggregate for better grip.  I'd had a previous flight of steps that had used cobbles that were a nightmare in the rain.  And although pea gravel is cheapish, it gives a bit of a boring finish.  So I'm looking to probably use basalt.  Basalt I read is sustainable (less transportation), and it does not get mossy.  But I've also read that it can be slippy as lime stone is.

I'm not sure if I'll need to reinforce the concrete either.  I'm hoping to make the steps chunky, but not too huge - probably will need a couple of people to move them.  But I figure the mass, and support rebar will keep them in place.

Plus if anyone ever wants to do away with them, they can be lifted out rather than have something concreted in.

I can also plant between them, which is appealing.

Any tips or recommended mixes would be appreciated.  Is a 20mm stone too large?  Should I stick with 10mm.  Do I need retardants to remove the top layer?  Are these and other run-offs hazardous to the surrounding plants?

Horticultural grit

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 14:16

Mind you I just read this: http://www.framlinghamfisheries.co.uk/chalk.html which implies chalk can be good for fisheries.

Horticultural grit

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 14:14

Not sure the definition of grit, but if the small stones are dis-solvable  - like chalk - then I guess you could have a problem.

Uprights at Abbotsbury

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 14:46

Asking as some seeds fell on my head, and I thought I might have a go at sprouting them. 

The tall three look like they've outgrown the space, it's hard to see the tops.

Last edited: 12 July 2017 14:47:58

Uprights at Abbotsbury

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 14:43

Yes seems not many people photograph them because they are so tall.

Perhaps this is a better shot:


Last edited: 12 July 2017 14:46:13

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 11:02

I thought I'd avoided them this year, then out of nowhere they were stripped bare.  Poor plants.

Uprights at Abbotsbury

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 10:59

Visited Abbotsbury subtropical gardens.

Still digesting the place.

There's a thin garden next to the colonial tearooms.  Can someone ID these tall specimens for me:


Maps and guides were a bit lacking there.  Certainly an interesting location.

Shed questions

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 20:58

Nice doghouse, Riley.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 20:56

I love all animals, but if there is one animal I'd love to rid the garden of, it would be cats.  They just decimate the wildlife.  I'm really fed up with it now, and am trying to think of ways to cat proof some wildlife areas.

I'd be tempted to have raised the rat babies.  Though they say fancy rats have been bred to sieve out aggressive traits.  Terrible quandary...

Invasive plant on lawn - identification and advice please!

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:42

You can eat the young leaves.  But do so before you use any weed killer.  I've just dug out a load, as it was very close to an apple, and I feared using a chemical that might hurt the apple.  Already I can see signs that it's desperate to make a come back.  I did figure that if you get a taste for it, you'll probably turn the tables, and after a while there won't be enough.

Last edited: 22 June 2017 23:47:56

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