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My first blog

This is my first blog entry on this site. I already blog at andrewmikolajski.wordpress.com, mainly about plants. I plan to use this space to talk about my own garden and the progress I am making with it, since I am now in the process of actually doing something with it - a 0.16 (approx) acre site in Northamptonshire, north-facing, cold, heavy alkaline clay. Plants don't grow in this (or not very fast).First job is manageable - pulling the ivy off the back wall of the house. This wall forms one side of what is actually a sheltered courtyard. No sun in winter, but a haven at this time of year, and where I spend many hours. This is where I have my peach tree, Morello cherry and (in pots) pear, fig (a bit dejected) and blueberry.Also trying to tame two phillyreas - a bit out of hand, they flank the start of a path that leads down past my outbuilding (this ultimately is where I'll be running my garden school) and into the wilderness beyond. I'm clipping them into two oblong blocks that reach to just above head height. Even this small job has given the area the look of a garden.So - if anyone knows how to get rid of brambles and ground elder, do get in touchAndrewandrewmikolajski.comfollow me on Twitter
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David Benson replied to Ian Bridgford's discussion Repointing a patio
"have you lifted any of the flags to see what they are layed on because if you have to dig out and put hard core in there will be extra expence not forgeting waste removal
as for re pointing about £25 M2
no experiance with the pre mix"
15 minutes ago
Rob Barker replied to B F's discussion Planting shrubs - how many per hour
"I subbed onto a site last year to plant up the common areas, the builder was charged per shrub depending on the size to supply and plant"
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Ian Bridgford updated their profile
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Ian Bridgford replied to Ian Bridgford's discussion Repointing a patio
"I should add it is roughly 30 sqm. overall
Ian B"
2 hours ago
Ian Bridgford posted a discussion
Hi, I have laid a number of patios, but never had to re-point an old one.The patio in question covers the whole garden with soil borders.The slabs are all 45 x45 and there are 132 slabs in total.About 20 need to be lifted and relaid, maybe a few mor…
2 hours ago
paul doyle replied to P.Mckibbin's discussion Small (cheaper) Chipper
"Hi There,

If you work alone I wouldn't bother. It costs too much time. Iv found it far faster to load everything into the trailer and off to the recycle centre or to the next job. If I have a big job  that I know will take a few trailer loads, and…"
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John Fulton replied to dan's discussion biodegradable weed control fabric
"Absolutely hate the stuff , weed seeds tend to germinate on the surface anyway , I tend to mulch around the base area of the new planting to try and surpress weed growth the new planting tends to expand more quickly and i also use a flat bottom wolf…"
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dan replied to dan's discussion biodegradable weed control fabric
" looking at alternatives to fit in with a more organic request -- and endless digging isnt viable
general weed supressing membranes are great but dont allow for the spreading nature of some plants or the later infilling with bulbs "
9 hours ago
Graham Taylor replied to dan's discussion biodegradable weed control fabric
"Isn't it easier to just delay the planting, let the weeds grow and then spray the lot with Roundup?"
10 hours ago
Chris replied to Anthony Toop's discussion Etesia pro46 belt change
"Crikey wasn’t aware, thanks Neal :)"
11 hours ago
dan replied to dan's discussion biodegradable weed control fabric
"yes -- and it looks as if jute doesnt have the strength to stop some weeds 'breaking through' -- they advise a total erradication of weeds prior to laying which kinda seems to destroy the point."
11 hours ago
Norms replied to dan's discussion biodegradable weed control fabric
"I’m not clued up on the weed barrier but some I’ve seen you can see light through it so I’m sure weeds will grow any way so check that by holding it up to the light"
11 hours ago
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I have been specialising in stump grinding for the past 18 years throughout Anglia.  Over that time period I have experienced  loss of drive to the wheels on a number of occassions while on site (a real bummer) and twice while up/down loading from…

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