Gardening, Hiring Help in the Garden

So now we are set up to plough through the rest of the plot with the system in place to filter to soil… However, Dex the digger finds yet another layer of buried debris, and we review our tactics.  I looked at hiring a small digger, one small enough to get round to the back garden; but that would set me back £186 for the week, plus £30 each way to deliver and collect.  Even then, we would still need to spend time sifting the soil.

Meanwhile at the local tip where I had just dumped the first rubble load of the day, the sun was shining.  I returned with another load, not an hour later to meet the man at the gate doing the waggy finger thing at me saying “No, no, no, you got to go to the weigh bridge.”  Spluttering and protesting I went there, explained that this was all new to me and I had no money on me. The patient and understandably defensive man showed me the signs that explained this new policy, but let me leave the rubble this time as a sort of trial run.  The eight bags that were light enough for me to lift would have cost me £55. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!  Was this the end of project revamp?

Hmmmm.

Since I was in any event going down to deepest Sussex the next day I checked with the dump down there. No proof of residency and no charges, hoorah, job done. Now the top soil and turf is ordered, next comes trellis and the decorative planting. Since the chap from the job centre is sooo good, many other jobs are being tackles as well; just a path relayed and a side bed wall rebuilt, but I will stop as we approach the walls of the house itself.

I hired a wacker plate this week for the very reasonable sum of £23 for 24 hours.  It went in the back of my estate car as the handle folded down.  Having leveled the new top soil it needed compressing so that it would remain level and not sink in odd places.  Dex then laid the turf just before the hosepipe ban came in, and we had a timber to walk across so as not to damage the new grass.

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Easter Competition – Win an Easter Island Head!

We’ve got an exciting event going on over at our Primrose Facebook page – a prize draw for this lovely and unique Easter Island statue water feature!
Easter Island Head Solar Water Feature from Primrose
To enter, just visit our Facebook page and follow the instructions. Hurry, the competition closes on Friday the 13th of April!

Just what is an Easter Island Head, though? The statues on Easter Island are known as Moai and have been standing on the island for over 500 years. The statues are made of tuff, a type of volcanic rock, and the largest statue weighs 86 tonnes! Of the 887 statues known, a number have been transported off the island, including two on display the UK – one at the British Museum in London, and the other at the World Museum in Liverpool.
Easter Island moai statues on hill Rapa Nui
The statues sit on the island of Rapa Nui, known as Easter Island in English – so called because it was discovered by a Dutch explorer on Easter Sunday, 1722.

Now that you know a little bit about Easter Island and its statues, enter in our Easter competition to win one of your own! The competition is open to UK residents over 18, and it ends at noon on Friday, 13th April 2012.

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Primrose Loves Pinterest!

We’ve gone mad for Pinterest – it’s such a fabulous way to organize your ideas, plan your projects, or just look at loads of neat and pretty things. Our favourite things to pin are great animal & flower photos, gardening tips, and inspiring gardens. We’ve got boards for inspirational gardens, indoor gardens, garden wildlife, top tips and more!

PrimroseUK's Pinterest Garden Wildlife board

If you’re on Pinterest, check us out! And if you’re not on it yet, just leave us a comment with your email address and we’d be happy to send you an invite. What’s Pinterest, you ask? Pinterest describes itself as a virtual pinboard – instead of tearing pictures out of magazines, you can ‘pin’ photos from any website, or ‘re-pin’ images from others. It’s great for inspiration and there’s already loads of gardeners participating! Give it a go, but be careful… it can be addictive!

Gardening, Hiring Help in the Garden, How To

Hiring help in the garden episode 3

Well….This is getting exciting. The keen garden labourer returned.  There was still debris in the ground.  I had dug over the entire plot 30 years ago…twice and got out 2 skips of rubble.  The section at the end only got one dig over, in a hurry.  The grass that had been down there was always poor and the ground hard and lumpy. I knew it was going to be hard going in this bit of garden, hence the need for help. This chap now took to the task with a vengeance.  He constructed a giant seiving system out of an old fire guard, several spades, the legs of a dead table and a grass rake. That started to take care of the filtering out of the rubble, but he excavated a trench that was remenicent of a Time Team excavation and has discovered so far: one wheel barrow, one tin bath and a timber shaft of some kind. Tune in next week to find out what it was.   — Wendy