GARDENING ASPIRATIONS FOR 2020

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  1. andrews

    andrews Super Gardener

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    I looked on line and they were either flimsy or stupid expensive. This one cost me about £700.
    Design - keep it simple - check the lengths of steel stock and make the length work for you (reduce cutting)
    Metal - nice chunky section but not too big - its heavy (especially three lengths welded together)
    Look around for good prices for your materials and chose a supplier who can deliver all the sections to save on delivery
    Get your groundwork right - saves levelling up when the steel is in the holes
    Use postcrete so you don't have to wait for the concrete to cure
    Enlist the help of a mate who is handy with a welder and works for tea and bacon butties

    Heres what I made - its about 6m x 4m. End plates were welded onto all open ends. The uprights were welded together with the cross member and concreted into the ground. Roof then lifted into place and both end rails welded on. Remaining roof members then spaced and welded level with a line tied between the front of the two end members.

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    • gardenernoob

      gardenernoob Apprentice Gardener

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      @andrews that is amazing! Thanks for the info. Its given me some inspiration. I've been mulling over wood vs metal for ages. I want it to last a long time and I don't want to be replacing it in 10 years when the wisteria is in all its glory.

      Here's what I'm replacing.
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      • andrews

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        It would work well there. For reference, the uprights are 70 x 70mm and the top bars are 100 x 70mm. You can get a good feel for pricing on metalhub. I think that the metal one will outlast me.
         
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        • noisette47

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          Only one aspiration this year....to fully use my veg plot, keep it as weed-free as possible, and not have to buy any fruit or veg! Especially mini-corn. Having dismally failed on previous attempts, 2020 will be the year that it works, or die in the attempt
           
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          • Sian in Belgium

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            Hmmm, aspirations for the year?

            First, to use more of my seed stock. I tend to buy sachets of “hope and potential”, only to put them in a box, and then struggle to fill the garden with the plants I already have.... :doh:
            This is why I’m so pleased with being up to date with my seed-sowing this year, even though we’re only in January (I keep my seeds in month-of-sowing order).

            Second, to integrate the pond into the back top border more, by increasing the planting around the pond. I want the edges more overgrown and camouflaged.

            Thirdly, to heal the scar down the top section of the garden, that is about to be made as pipe work is installed to connect us to the main sewage system. It looks as if it will run down through the grass, and between the two close borders... Most of the length will be in the wildflower area, so I will re-seed with wildflower seeds - I have a sachet or two somewhere!:heehee:
             
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            • painted lady

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              Hello Everyone.
              I would like a garden with rooms. I want to grow lots of veg but if anyone visits all they can see are different heights of flowers. A windy path maybe. Some trellis. Pergola. Raised beds hiding behind taller plants. Seating area would be nice.
              It all looks very nice in my head haha :spinning:
               
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