Gardening

We've been rebuilding our rear garden so it can be useful and productive. We're also trying to follow some of the principles of Permaculture :-)

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A gardening update and catching rain

Just realised I haven't done a gardening update in a while. We didn't do much planting last summer - a combination of events, but with a bit more time this summer we're hoping to get more done. Anyway the garden now looks like this ... So the layout and the hard

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Compost Bins Lids - Part 2

Managed to get more work done on the compost bins this weekend. It's getting important to get as much done as possible now. Come October we effectively lose half the weekend as we support a local horse club and their activities run on Sundays. Battening up the lids Last weekend

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Compost bin lids

This week we're building lids for the compost bins to keep the weather off the compost - but ironically inclement weather stopped us from completing them this weekend :-) It wasn't much to be honest, but even drizzle isn't a good idea when your working with untreated wood or thinking

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Putting fronts on the composting bins

Spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon working on the composting bins. It's nice to be able to make at least some progress on them each week, it stops the project stagnating. This week's target was to get the bins squared up and get the front cladding on. Squaring up the

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Plans for our composting bins

Now the raised beds are finished ... or at least ready for soil ... and we've tidied up the bottom of the garden, it's time to think about the composting bins. In an ideal world we'd have 3, so you could have the standard: filling, maturing, and using; setup. But we only

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Raised Bed Number 2.5

Another Saturday means another chance to work in the garden :-) This time we finished off the second raised bed by swapping the extra tall sleepers for a shorter one. And started on the third. However rain stopped play in the afternoon. It's not that we mind working in the

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The right tools and KISS (2nd Nov 2014)

This weekend was better. Thankfully payday was midweek so we were able make a trip to the local reclamation yard, J. Brant Reclamation Ltd, on Saturday and buy the rest of the sleepers we needed. This was a big investment, both in money and in the back-breaking effort it took

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Nothing to show

Another weekend but this time we didn't manage to make any progress in the garden :-( We're a bit disappointed about this as we're trying to make sure we make some sort of progress each week even if it's only small things. We don't want the project to stagnate. OK

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Saturday Gardening, Fettling, & Mushroom Bed (Part2)

We pressed on with the garden today. First item on the menu was to cut the remaining sleeper for the base of the second raised bed. It was the sleeper for short sides so it need to be cut twice to produce two 50" beams. Again, it was done

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The Mushroom Bed (Part 1)

On Saturday morning, while we were waiting for the aggregates delivery to arrive, we cut the decking for the mushroom bed. The mushroom bed is a bit unusual in that it lies outside the picket fencing of the garden. The end of the garden has a communal path just beyond

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Sleeper raised bed prototype 1

Having decided that the sleeper raised beds would be built end on, we laid our first one to see how big it was going to be in real life. And the answer is, pretty big :-) We're really pleased with how it looks. Testing it out, the size is confortable

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What is a garden without a path?

Every garden needs a path, but ours does expecially. The earth in our garden is basically clay. Useful stuff to make cups and plates from, but less useful if you want to walk across it repeatedly. We know from bitter expereince that if you have to walk up and down