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Build A Luxury Garden Bench #DIY

Posted on 30th October 2015 in family/ garden/ garden centre

DSC_0823Here is how we built a luxury garden bench for a fraction of the cost of buying one. The end result is bespoke and sturdy, everyone comments on it and asks where they can get one!

The beauty of designing and building the bench yourself is that you can get it exactly how you want it to be. My ideal was for a large bench that someone could relax on with a good book and a cup of tea – with a roof in case of rain showers and plenty of places for wildlife.

The end result far surpassed the simple seat I had in mind and we now have a weather proof seat that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. It is just as good for whiling away a few hours on your own or for four or five people to snuggle up on during a BBQ.

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Start with a rough plan and then build it up into the structural posts needed to support the bench and roof if you are having one. This will enable you to plan out and see how many wooden posts you will need.

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Once you’ve got your rough plan it is time to start construction from the base upwards.

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As you build upwards, once you’ve got the seat in pace, you can start focusing on the roof supports.

This simple ‘p shape’ (below) works well to start off a sloped roof but the option of having no roof or a flat roof would be easier!

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We then chose to dig out a section around the bench to fill with gravel and create an alternate patio style part of our garden. With a future plan to insert a fire pit at a later date along with some simple, sleeper, seats.

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The eagle eyed among you will notice that we’ve also added electricity and some solar lights.

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Poor Christmas Tree

Posted on 15th February 2012 in christmas tree/ complaint/ garden centre

A letter to my local garden centre, sent today:

I bought a rooted christmas tree from your Brampton centre in December, which I planted in ericaceous soil as recommended, sadly however it very quickly died.

It has been suggested to me that the tree could never have successfully lived as it’s ‘tap’ root (?) had been cut. Looking at it’s roots it has a thick root which has quite obviously been severed and then a few spindly ones.

I bought this tree with the intention of keeping it in a large pot and using it each christmas – I discussed this with the sales lady. It is extremely disappointing to have gone to the trouble and expense when it would appear the tree had no chance of survival anyway.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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18.2.2012 UPDATE:

I got a lovely reply from the garden centre (Frosts) who has now replaced the tree and give us lots of advice on planting and growing it so that it should survive for years to come :)

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