Does anyone know anything about gardening?

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  • Yeah, today I’ve asked some really dumb questions. Laziness after the BH weekend. I found some different types of plant training wires. Cheers all

  • Being mean/cheap I've just used stainless eyelet screws and lots of galvanised wire. Supports my weight so hopefully it'll manage the weight of the rose and clematis.

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  • Ohh, to me that looks like it needs some of those trained fruit trees, could never spell the proper term lol

  • Espalier?

  • Yep, the E word :)

  • The Cherryish tree to the left keeps the two squabbling Blackbirds well fed. I don't really fancy growing fruit until I have space for my own vineyard.

  • I have used wire rope and associated accessories from Screwfix.

  • gardening club in Enfield today

    Do you have the details?

  • Also fuck it's cold!

    I didn't realise how cold it was going to get and annoyingly I forgot to wrap up my blueberries and move the rest of my pots into the shed. Luckily quite a few are already in there.

    It's minor, but this spell is getting a bit frustrating as my dining table is covered with things I wanted to be hardening off outside by now.

    But on the up I've got 2 cucumbers that have germinated plus a few of the lemon cucumbers growing (which . I'd thoroughly recommend)

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    Pay £5 for Y1 membership, £2.50 after that. I'm planting out a herbacious border so perennials required which were £1.99 - had seen these from £3-5 per 1litre pot in other places. Normal world you could do fete/carboot etc and get these plants even cheaper but not at the moment.

  • Cheers.

    We really miss boot sales. Especially for garden stuff and furniture.

  • And today we built walls.....

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  • Conservatory or raised terrace?

  • The latter. I might even go mad and build some steps to the patio doors. Strangely, they want slabs not stone, no accounting for taste.

  • I think I would have had some classy looking steps down from the doors..

  • Hmm, Portland stone might look a little out of place on a 70s detached in Hastings, matching slabs it shall be.

  • We've got two brick walls in our garden and I'd love to make it three - at the moment it's just a low slatted fence between ours and our neighbours'.

    I think doing it myself is beyond my skill set (especially after reading that walls above 1.2m need a structural engineer's input) and getting someone in is probably beyond our budget.

  • In which case I must restrict myself to low walls only. Honestly, the structural engineers benevolent fund must be responsible for that load of cobblers! Any competent, and I stress competent, brickie is more than capable of going several mm higher without fear of instant detonation. I am probably the only person who takes the slightest notice of the Hastings Retaining Walls Act (I kid you not), I use it as a sales tool. No structural leech person is necessary or in the slightest useful until you are holding back something humongous or building something massively tall.

  • Laying bricks is easy. Doing it fast requires skill.

  • I'm going to hopefully be putting up a fence at the end of our garden this weekend (assuming I can clear the area). I have 4 x 8', 4"x4" rounded top, pressure treated posts and 3x 6'x6' trellis topped panels to go between them. My plan is as follows, let me know if I am missing something;

    Clear and level area
    Treat bottom 3' of posts (but what with? is it even necessary if they are pressure treated?)
    Dig first post hole as close to neighbours last fence post as possible (one neighbour has 6' high fence, planning to start from there and then overlap the other neighbour's 3' fence if necessary - I've check and this is OK).
    Dig hole 2' deep (google tells me a post sticking up out of the ground 6' should be buried 2')
    Stand the first post and use Postcrete to anchor (following instrucitons, and advice from a mate - that should be fill the hole around the post around 2/3 with water, dump in postcrete, secure post plum with scrapwood).
    Measure off first post 6'2" to centre the next hole.
    Rinse and repeat.

  • Nice work, very tidy.


    doing it fast...

    I did three two-course feet for our water trough yesterday , a grand total of twenty four bricks and it took me all afternoon!

  • You could do it, get all the prep done, have everything you need at hand and take it slow

  • Ah the problem I find with postcrete is the wooden post will eventually rot and break and then you have to dig this out although it makes doing the job easy as you can put the post with the Crete dry until everything is level,
    Some folk put those metal post holders in the postcrete but I’ve never done this , good luck anyways

  • Sounds like a summer holidays job.

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Does anyone know anything about gardening?

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