Latest posts by Wayside

starting a new garden

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 09:01

I was raised beside a clay garden and just assumed everyone had clay!  I didn't grow much back then, now have chalk, which is so different.  Biking besides farmers fields used to be a claggy nightmare!  And I love the way chalk doesn't become a mud fest.

One observation was the length of time it took for trees to get going on the clay.  Well two at least.  They were stunted for years (a good decade and a half), and then finally took off.  Both in good aspects.  Could have been drought as they didn't get any attention (watering).  Perhaps they finally got their roots down low enough to drink.

Last edited: 15 March 2017 09:03:16

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 08:42

Wow, that's a long border.  I think post and rail more attractive.  But not sure about longevity.  A local outlet sells chestnut rails that are meant to age well, but the posts look to be regular softwood.  Of course it would cost more.

What's the rock project?

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:10

Yes, I think I'd ruled out terriers because of digging and barking.  But I haven't ruled out some type of spaniel.  Originally I was going to fence a section to keep foxes out, but it seems they'd swing in by rope given the chance, so gave up on that idea.

Last edited: 27 February 2017 14:10:52

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:06

Hops and dogs is a bad combo.  How odd.  Thanks for the warning that's good to know.

Last edited: 27 February 2017 14:06:29

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:57

5-6 feet high here would feel like a prison.  But given the space I think wire fencing is a great idea.  You can easily loose it into the background.

Large overgrown garden on a hill

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:53

I know someone has already mentioned aspects, but do work out where the sun rises and falls.  I have a west facing garden on a hill - house at the bottom.  In the evening the sun sets opposite the garden which is great.  If I was on the west side of the valley, I'd get great sunrises no sunsets.

Large overgrown garden on a hill

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:49

Has it been loved in the past, and what are the overgrown plants that are in it?

Down the way from us there is a property that had an amazing californian lilac, and quite a different sedum front lawn, that was amazing when it all flowered, but for the rest of the year you might never know.

Anyway, people moved in, and demolished the lot!

If someone has taken a lot of time and care over a garden, it's worth noting what is there, and what works.

It's taken me about five years to get to know my garden, and actually the best bits are probably the parts that I haven't touched.

I wanted to do my own piece in it.

I've planted too densely in places and haven't done what's suggested above and done one section at a time.  Which is all good advice.

It does take some time to work out where the sun falls.  You might want a morning eating/resting area and or and evening one, and they could be in totally different places in the garden.

At he beginning of the summer I crave for the sun.  Come mid summer I crave for a nice shady area to retreat to.

So a good mix of areas is nice.

Get out there now before buds burst and get some photos of the scaffolding.  If you have deciduous plants it could look totally different in a couple of weeks - it will close in.  Bulbs may come and go, other plants may spring from the ground where you think there is nothing.

It takes no time to cut down a garden - though it takes time to clear up the spoils - but it can take many hours planting out, and waiting for things to grow.

Having said that, I planted a hedge at the beginning of last year (2 year old bare roots) that were only about 30cm/40cm, and now they are happily about a metre and half.

There's a section of the garden I planned to plant some dogwood.  I turned my back and some wild dogwood had seeded and grown without any intervention from me.  So there are also happy accidents.

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:00

Our garden is about 16ft wide but long, west facing, and sloped and staggered up and away from the house.  Can be windy.  Sunsets are nice, it's a great aspect actually.

I have rentals either side (which makes negotiation more difficult), and some but not all chain link fencing.  Which actually I don't mind that much.  The neighbour isn't that keen on it.

I have shrubs and trees and hedging on most of one border the neighbour that side has planted nothing. If we took turns in shrubbing parts of the border it would feel a bit better, as rather annoyingly I loose a lot of width of the garden because of the greenery.

The nice thing about chain link fencing in thin gardens is that it allows some light through.  And doesn't require much attention. It isn't for the shy though.

Chain linking a long stretch seems a bit unnerving for me, but perhaps it is an option - there are other obstacles such as existing trees hedging and shrubbery and uneven ground between properties that I won't bore you with the details but makes for more of a challenge.

I've got a few other little stretches to do.  But this stretch is only about 24ft.  The hit and miss is a good idea.  Or possibly palisade.

Because it has been somewhat an opaque stretch it might be a bit much to suddenly remove (only chest high).  However I've got loads of hops that will run rampant and cover something like post and rail pretty quickly - and will allow me to plant where there was previous shade.

Cheap but good options.

That stretch was only put up about 5 years ago and has suffered due to neighbourly neglect and wind.

Thanks for all suggestions so far, all very helpful.

Last edited: 27 February 2017 12:06:41

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 09:13

Hi there,

This may well have been asked before.

I have recently lost closed panel fencing due to storm Doris.  And am looking to replace with something a bit more breathable.

I've a narrow garden and closed panel looks a little oppressive anyway.  I'm not the biggest fan.  Looking to replace with post and rail at about one and half metres high.  Plus some mesh.

I'm hoping to one day get a dog companion so will need to fence in.  And I'm also keen to deter cats.

I'm thinking about half metre high green mesh chicken wire, attached to the posts, with hidden behind middle rail.

The green variant seems to not be as in your face as bog standard chicken wire.  But I can't decide on square or classing hexagonal.

Only nuisance is that I think it probably a good idea to bury some fencing.   I have a slope that makes it a bit more of a pain.  I'll probably go for staggered horizonal rails, and cut the mesh for each six foot stretch.

Any pictures or recommendations of others' fencing would be welcome.  If I had the width on the garden I could put bare metal fencing behind or something but space is a premium.

My other small consideration is whether to go for three rails or two?

Square or round posts?

Decisions decisions.


Last edited: 27 February 2017 09:16:59

New GW...??

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 23:36

(Tried to resist commenting on chickpeas, but I cook lots and lots of them. I mean lots, from dried. I have a pressure cooker and a large pan.  And actually favour the large pan.  Soak for one or two days first.  Keep the soak water.  Then bring to the boil, and simmer for about an hour - time varies on chick peas and soak length.  I find with the pressure cooker you end up wasting time supervising.  If you want softer chick peas just add some bi-carb to the cooking water.)

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