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  • bikermike
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    my beanframe. It's about 6' tall when it's in.

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  • Mr Bones
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    Originally posted by bikermike View Post

    how about a bean-frame? I had a wooden one for five years made from salvaged wood. The replacement is angle-iron.
    Similar thing BM, our bean frames are made from steam pipe and the crossmembers are at shoulder height, makes fastening canes to them loads easier than reaching up.

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  • bikermike
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    Originally posted by Mr Bones View Post

    We wash off with a hand brush in a bucket of water, then either pour the muddy water back onto the beds or into the compost
    Proof I'm getting old, but the ground gets further away all the time. Plus there's something really annoying about putting the cleaned veg on the muddy ground.

    but a sink is just a bucket with accessories after all...

    also, not quite in the same league, but a bottle-opener, a lighter and a stash of cable-ties have all been immensely handy.

    how about a bean-frame? I had a wooden one for five years made from salvaged wood. The replacement is angle-iron.

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  • Plot70
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    I used an old bath tub as a pond. I am going to try to get moss to grow on it.

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  • mrbadexample
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    Originally posted by Plot70 View Post
    You could use a kids sand pit.
    They do not have drain holes until I drill them prior to using them for seedlings with a sheet of window glass over the top.
    I know where someone's dumped one of those...I was thinking of using it for a pond but it's blue and will look rubbish. Maybe a seed bed is a better idea.

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  • mrbadexample
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    Originally posted by Chestnut View Post
    You definitely need somewhere to sit for a coffee/daydream/picnic. If the chairs aren’t fixable, it’s fairly easy to make a 2 seater bench from old pallets ;-)
    I've repaired the old plastic chairs, and they will go back to the communal area, as a mate has given me two folding wooden chairs which will be easier to store in the little shed.

    I foraged a little chimnea that had been left out for the scrap man - should be an easy repair to make it useable. That's my daydreaming spot sorted.

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  • Plot70
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    You could use a kids sand pit.
    They do not have drain holes until I drill them prior to using them for seedlings with a sheet of window glass over the top.

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  • Bren In Pots
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    Originally posted by Mr Bones View Post
    We wash off with a hand brush in a bucket of water, then either pour the muddy water back onto the beds or into the compost
    i do the same, keeping the bucket and brush next to my GH.
    Last edited by Bren In Pots; 11-05-2021, 08:51 AM.

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  • Nicos
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    Originally posted by bikermike View Post
    One thing I keep on meaning to do is a build a plant-washing station. We have really claggy clay soil, so it would be nice to clean it off before taking it back.
    We grow in our garden but I too think it’d be good to have a designated washing startion for the veggies. So much gets washed down my sink even though it’s hosed first.

    I’ve even thought of attaching an old Belfast sink under my garden tap with a bucket underneath it.

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  • Mr Bones
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    Originally posted by bikermike View Post
    One thing I keep on meaning to do is a build a plant-washing station. We have really claggy clay soil, so it would be nice to clean it off before taking it back.
    We wash off with a hand brush in a bucket of water, then either pour the muddy water back onto the beds or into the compost

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  • Chestnut
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    You definitely need somewhere to sit for a coffee/daydream/picnic. If the chairs aren’t fixable, it’s fairly easy to make a 2 seater bench from old pallets ;-)

    The other really useful thing I find really useful is a small patch of grass at the corner of the plot for wiping mud off my boots before going home!
    Last edited by Chestnut; 10-05-2021, 08:14 PM.

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  • Snadger
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    Originally posted by bikermike View Post
    One thing I keep on meaning to do is a build a plant-washing station. We have really claggy clay soil, so it would be nice to clean it off before taking it back.
    Me too! I can then hoodwink OH into believing the veg came from a supermarket, although I notice some supermarkets are selling wonky veg like mine anyway.

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  • bikermike
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    One thing I keep on meaning to do is a build a plant-washing station. We have really claggy clay soil, so it would be nice to clean it off before taking it back.

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  • mrbadexample
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    Originally posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    Bet you could make some allotment friends by giving away the raspberry canes if they're that good.

    That sounds like a comprehensive list of necessaries. Palette for storing hay (or other mulch material) on? Separate bin or area for making leaf mould? Chair and table?
    I think the raspberries are like rhubarb - everyone who wants some has already got it. I seem to have inherited 3 new rhubarb plants which will probably have to come out at some point as the two I have at home give me plenty.

    I have also inherited a stool and two broken plastic chairs. Repairable I think. I'll make some sort of bench when I've built a proper shed. Space might be a bit limited for much more than a compost bin but we'll see how it goes.

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  • Snoop Puss
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    Bet you could make some allotment friends by giving away the raspberry canes if they're that good.

    That sounds like a comprehensive list of necessaries. Palette for storing hay (or other mulch material) on? Separate bin or area for making leaf mould? Chair and table?

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