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Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 12:01
No, our beds are on Tarmac. 18 inches works fine for every vegetable crop we grow. There is no drainage material, the beds suffer from too much drainage rather than too little. The beds dry out quickly in Summer.

I've been growing vegetables on Tarmac for 13 years. It has disadvantages (mainly drying out so quickly) but also advantages. The Tarmac under the beds is not broken up in any way. There is a dry surface to walk on round the beds and weeds are easy to deal with with a quick pass with the spade down the sides of the beds.

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 15:42
There is a massive difference between clearing obstructions round signs and keeping drains clear and clear mowing the whole wide verge and the bordering hedge up to the height of the cutter just so that a pass isn't wasted as the contractor goes up and down the road in perhaps three passes each side.

You're right Gemma, I would be very reluctant to 'dob' my neighbours in for anything. I'm sad for the wildlife destroyed but massacring hedges at the correct time actually does them little harm; it just looks awful until the leaves appear.

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 14:46
Look at the Natural England website where it is all set out. Recommended time for cutting hedges is January and February on a three year rotation. Interesting.

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 14:30
Remember I am in Wales. Perhaps we do it differently.

My observations are only as it is done locally. I relish the thought of a member of the public walking up to the contractors on a country lane and telling them how to do their hedge and verge cutting! I would like to be there.

Some people put up notices asking the contractors not to mow the orchids, but it makes little difference.

I did not mean to imply that the Highways Agency actually did the work. That would be silly. I just meant to point out the different between the enlightened attitude of the Highways Agency in some areas and respects and local councillors.

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 13:47
No Edd, I think you are slightly wrong. The council tell the Highways department of the council to get the job done. I've tried the highways department; they have no choice in the matter. The order comes down from on high, and the contractor would certainly be ex-contractors if they said it was the wrong time of year or even wrong month to do the job.

On the other hand the Government Highways Department is much more clued up. Planting native plants in the islands of trunk roads. Replacing dead plants in newly planted hedges. Planting food-bearing trees and shrubs and only cutting verges for road safety reasons. Weed-killing round newly planted trees until they are established.

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 11:24
Trouble is it's a job that gets done between more pressing farm jobs. Round here the verges are mown after silage.

I have failed to find out who to contact to ask that those that issue the contracts have more regard to wildlife.

As an example, I haven't had a reply to a letter I wrote in March 2012 to the chairman of the Community Council asking for a street light of little use to be extinguished outside our house. Apparently the community council hasn't made a decision yet. The other explanation is that they are extremely rude in not answering letters.

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 00:10
Trouble is, if the farmers do them too soon they cut off the berries the birds rely on. Organic farmers are only allowed to cut the hedges once every two years for that reason.

The only thing that will stop the councils cutting hedges at the wrong time is austerity cuts. The verges have been cut less this year. Result!

Primula - growing from seed

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 23:37
Fresh seed. Do not gather the seed and keep it before sowing it.

It's a big worry......

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 15:39
Pasta?? That's a new thing. Hot or cold? Raw or cooked?

horticultural society

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 15:25
When we were on the farm the travelling men used to come around asking for holly 'for the children's hospital.' Fat chance of the berried holly getting further than the nearest market!

Sorry, Angela, I was only teasing. Round this area it's Christmas trees that wander away at this time of year.

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