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Reply #255
What's the best way to remove algae from fence panels before re-painting? I don't tell want to use the pressure washer because some of the wood is knocking on a bit and I'm not convinced it'll stand up to it.

I was presuming just a wire brush, face mask and elbow grease.

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Reply #256
Rip fence down,
Burn it.
Replace with new.
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Reply #257
What's the best way to remove algae from fence panels before re-painting? I don't tell want to use the pressure washer because some of the wood is knocking on a bit and I'm not convinced it'll stand up to it.

I was presuming just a wire brush, face mask and elbow grease.

If your fence is so delicate that it can't withstand the pressure washer then it's not worth taking the time to clean and repaint.
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Reply #259
He could try wiping his nob over it first....

Splinters.

Mind you, they would take his mind off figuring out what to do with the fence
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Reply #260
Knob wiping is for fixing technology, as any fool should know.
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Reply #261
If your fence is so delicate that it can't withstand the pressure washer then it's not worth taking the time to clean and repaint.

I'd say you'd do just as much damage with a wire brush. Just paint over the top of it, if the fence is on the way out it will probabaly see it through.

In Ingo garden news seeds have been purchased and planted. I may have gone slightly overboard on the boarders but still. For reference we have approx. 15m of boarder about 40cm wide, in 2 runs, one along the east side and the bottom one running along the south, the north is lawn upto our deck and the west the lawn runs too the path with the rabbit hutches on and the shed. In order to provide some instant plant we spent £8 on 18 boarder plants that have gone in the bottom border. We then reused the pots so Ingo jrs could plant some seeds with the remainder going in the ground and hopefully still give us some plants if the ones straight into the boarder fail.

So seeds, firstly I adhered to the talkback advice pretty much to the letter. Kidney beans - we have 6 of them in pots and approx. 40 in the ground along the fence. These were all planted by Ingo Jr Snr who can't stop the beat planting, if all these come well, we'll be in a world of beans. Slight wormhole - We used to have a big kitchen garden at the farm and grow probably a 60m run of these. Beardsley developed a taste for raw kidney beans that had gone slightly over. One afternoon and did little else for 2 hours but pod and eat raw beans, probably eating 2-300. He went home feeling unwell. 3 days later he returned to school having stopped throwing up and his was banned from going to the farm for a month. Anyhoo, should these not take we will still hopefully have 6 in pots to create the wigwam. The slight flaw in all this is Mrs Ingo doesn't like beans, I'm pretty non-plussed by them and Ingo Jr's are yet to try them. Still, beans.

Next we got some sunflowers. Again 6 have gone into pots, the rest straight into the ground. I, of course, selected the biggest although I doubt with this late planting they will actually grow to 16'. They are called Kong F1 which is not a suitable nickname for Lewis Hamilton, at least not outside the safe space of my head. Again I've gambled on not all these growing as looking at the picture on the front of the packet we'll be f*cked if they do, the other half of the street will be protesting about their right to light.

Moving on Ingo Jr Snr selected £5 worth variety pack sweet peas. One packet of the smaller ones have gone into 4 pots on the deck. The rest all along the boarder against the fence. Hopefully with some wire we can train these up the fence and then, if Beardsley doesn't want to eat beans like it's 1993, we can thin the beans and let the sweet peas grow.

Finally I got a pack of 150 buddleja seeds. I've stuck the lot in. Lets see what happens.

I also invested in an up and over sprinkler which covers the whole garden in one pass so hopefully everything including the lawn will now start growing like f*ck. Watch this space.
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Reply #262
My old veg patch has been completely abandoned and it's gone wild so I am planning to bring it back to life. All the old raised bed boards have rotted away so need to be completely rebuilt. Any idea where to get cheap tanalised timber from? I know scaffold boards seem to be the standard answer but the quality seems very hit and miss and still quite pricey. Also good top soil?

I am building 3 raised beds of 2.5m x 2.5m

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Reply #263
I made some beds out of decking boards a couple of years ago. They do the job and look more garden-y than allotment-y.

We are growing veg with a relaxed experimentation outlook to see what works well at the moment and not worrying too much about the outcome. Currently we've got potatoes, courgettes, cabbages, cauliflower, brussels, broad beans, french beans, carrots, parsnips, peas, radishes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and of course rhubarb going, albeit in mostly small quantities. We've made frames with netting to sit on some of the beds and protect them from birds, as they tend to like gobbling up small green plants.



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Reply #264
Scaffold boards? Railway sleepers, surely? There's a retail outlet on the owthorpe road just up the hill out of sunny Cotgrave, next to the a46 junction.

Railway sleepers appear to not be as cheap as they once were.

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Reply #265
Scaffold boards? Railway sleepers, surely? There's a retail outlet on the owthorpe road just up the hill out of sunny Cotgrave, next to the a46 junction.

Railway sleepers appear to not be as cheap as they once were.

Thanks. Railway sleepers are really expensive and difficult to get in the right size. Granted they look great but not found any that fit the bill.

Scaffold boards seem really variable. There are so many on internet and the quality seems really variable so there seems a big chance of being ripped off with some sh!t boards

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Reply #266
Has anyone used railway sleepers? How much are they?

@Ingo let me know how you get on with the sweetpea. I tried growing them a few times and always kill the b@stards.

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Reply #267
Scaffold boards should have a metal trim to protect the ends. You don't want that. If it's not of sufficient quality to have that feature, then you don't want those.

The decking route seems the next best. Although I'd be seriously tempted to use something like concrete gravel boards.

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Reply #268
@Ingo let me know how you get on with the sweetpea. I tried growing them a few times and always kill the b@stards.

My Grandad used to grow a lot of these, I'm hoping it's genetic. It can't be that hard can it?
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Reply #269
My Grandad used to grow a lot of these, I'm hoping it's genetic. It can't be that hard can it?

The main thing I've learnt from gardening is that some plants are easier to grow than others. No idea why, so I tend to just stick with the easier ones. I've never tried growing sweet pea in pots, so the only thing I really know is they don't like clay soil.