Archive for September, 2011



Yesterday we took down my grandfathers greenhouse. He’s tired of growing stuff, and he’s had it for about 20 years. It was already 2nd hand when he got it, so it’s good it’s still being recycled.

On the downside it’s got a few broken panes, so I’ll be out and about looking for new glass, about six need immediate replacement but we’re not in a hurry. We want to put the greenhouse on a wall to raise it up about 6″ which’ll mean I’ll find it more comfortable to work in

My grandfather had also made a self watering system out of copper piping in there, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it works!

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tired. Oh so tired.


You could be mistaken in thinking I’d toiled down a coal mine. Rest assured it’s only compost but it’s coverage is a surprising 99.9% including even heavily clothed areas. Here for instance, I was wearing gloves. Thankfully that was only against blisters!


All the soil moved…


Leaving just a little required to fill to the top!

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As you can see I’m now being slave driven by the wife to dig compost and load up the raised beds without break or rest. She has told me if we do not have enough compost she’s going to murder me and put my body in one of the raised beds.

At least the beans will be well fertilised next year.

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Filling raised beds


It’s a good thing we changed plans on making a bed, filling a bed, making a bed, filling a bed etc as the last hour and a half has shown this to be back breaking work. I think I’d given up if I’d have a vision of what was to come.

Oh well, 3.5 to go…

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Raised beds pt3


Today I got the posts in and managed to line the first bed with yet more suppressant membrane. We’ve lined them so to protect the wood. Hopefully they’ll pretty much last for ever now.


Helen making sure it can drain well…


And all done! Ready for tomorrow when we’ll fill them. That’s going to be fairly back breaking!

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Last three days timelapse

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The fencing along the back has been generally used by the bindweed as a trellis of sorts. Mainly because it’s been so manky.

Helen embarked on stripping the green and exposing the panels. Today they were stripped out and hopefully on Tuesday we’ll be digging holes and fitting posts.

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IBCs connected


Finally I’ve connected the IBCs


Taken off the guttering


Replaced angled towards the IBCs and connected them up with whatever came up hand!

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Windows, the stripping and painting of


When we removed some of the nasty blue ply board off the front of the old windows the full extent of the poor maintenance became visible. Ben kindly said “I’m annoyed of looking at it, so get me some putty and I’ll sort it. Which is at this moment exactly what he’s doing!


And puttying


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Raised Beds


We’ve put together the fourth and final bed. We’ve actually got enough to do one more bed, but no room.

To accommodate the cherry plum which I’ve rather viciously pruned we had to move the boxes a little way off our plans. This did mean to accommodate the greenhouse at the end of the garden and still get round it to maintain it, we lost the fifth box which was to be for strawberries. We’ll have to locate them elsewhere.

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