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dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 20 8:03 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

they are not going to have built any boat i get onto

if that was marine ply you must have some pretty frisky shipworms in your yard

i thought it was rubbish they had left under the deck rather than the deck

tis coming along well, having the higher levels nice gives a place to chill while doing the civils to stabilize the drop

i like it, productive and recreational is a good combo

i am toying with the idea of rationalizing overcapacity storage/too full of carp to work in to half a huge shed(perhaps with an awning for working under) which would give far more growing and recreational space

plenty of materials to work with(odds n ends excepted), it needs planning(and doing)but our yard space could be made far better than now

the first job would be put a new gas boiler high in the house(i have a potential place with access to the rads/pipe system and the flue up a chimney)to free up the wall space where it is at the mo.

going fossil free would be nice but that needs looking into
after that it would be pretty easy.

or we need to move, i wonder if sparrows are "transportable"

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 20 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sparrows do their own thing, so you would have to discuss it with them. Sadly, I rather think not. If you were close by you might be able to lure them to your new place with food, otherwise you would have to get a new set and leave your present ones to demand the same hospitality from the new owner.

Sadly, with the charity shops shut and the tips functioning (here at least) at only partial capacity, now is not the time to be having a clearout. We need one, but apart from being rather busy, it isn't going to happen at the moment.

Jemma, have you used decking for the sides of your raised beds?

jema
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 20 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All the raised beds are the old decking. There is an awful lot of old decking!
When the ground is levelled and the greenhouse moved a load more raised beds will be made to retain that new level.

gz



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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 20 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A good re-use of the wood!
I am envious, our woodstock is running low!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 20 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good idea to reuse the wood. Keep an eye on it as with the soil constantly on one side, it will eventually start to rot. Our oak beds are now on the point of collapse, although they have done a good few years. We are slowly replacing them with western red cedar, but they will only last so long as well. Hoping for at least 10 years, and more would be good.

jema
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



I think another decision made, on the right is hedging we planted to replace the decaying fence. Where it extends to the left is not the property boundary which in fact goes to the oak tree. So as it will collapse anyway, why not just remove it all now and figure out what to do which will be more hedge in all probability. Fences do not belong on swampy hillsides.




Some gratification after all the earth moving. Greenhouse has a new home which will need a bit more levelling and pinning down. I can then demolish a bit more deck and build raised beds along side the greenhouse. That will still leave a fair bit of space to play with.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 20 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hedges are good

roots can start a fairly stable micro geology

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 20 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most hedges can be layed to keep them neat, and discourage them from taking over the rest of the garden, but of course it will depend on what will grow on that site. Don't plant willow; that will try to invade everywhere.

jema
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 20 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    




Step from greenhouse to beds. Not as big a step as expected So across the meters somewhere the levels have drifted a little. But as I see it I haven't been building a snooker table.
So now to demolish more deck to have space to build the beds which will be to the same level as the step. This is basically the transition piece between building beds and terracing down.

jema
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 20 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Change in plan, going to build taller beds against the posts. More earth moving but will be better.
The level goes on longer, flatter and basically more stable than anticipated. So ironically whilst this plan was and is about terracing down. It will end up with a lot of garden at the greenhouse level.
There is one view of the garden that joins this which I have been censoring out which does have the potential to be a pleasant area in its own right.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 20 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



First new raised bed. What is notable though is that even without attempting to reclaim space. The remaining deck and easily usable land beyond is 4.8m x 3m, that's a lot of space, what to do with it?

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 20 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

more beds? cold frames?

move the current structures and use the space they were in ?

when it gets bigger after a tidy it is tricky to use it better from now on.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 20 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am sure you will find some use for it. More raised beds perhaps? I have one or two areas spare this year, so am thinking of some longer term uses such as soft fruit or asparagus.

jema
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 20 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Two more done. Three to go. After doing two there will still be a path for the wheelbarrow to help level things, then the gap will be filled and after that I guess it's back to demolition. Albeit if posts etal are delivered I need to dismantle part of the top deck exposing the horrors beneath.

It probably won't be more beds in the remaining space as that space will I think need to start with a big terrace drop and will be a distinct "room". I like rooms to be different and we will have more than enough veg beds anyway.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 20 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

rooms are good for different weather, time of day, mood or use etc

depending on when the sun is on it, breakfast with flowers or an evening drink with warm jasmine and roses or a leafy shady spot for over hot middays?

it looks to be going well at the mo.

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