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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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Potatoes

Posted on 9th October 2010 in corn/ garden/ potatoes/ tomatoes

Being ridiculously easy to please, I am over the moon with my potatoes

 

However, the tomatoes have behaved very badly and they will therefore have to be punished

 

Best success was probably corny

A farmer I am not :(

Can I Dig Up My Potatoes? #WordlessWednesday

Posted on 15th September 2010 in family/ garden/ plants/ potatoes/ strawberries/ tomatoes/ wordless wednesday

Can I dig these up yet?

Now that DS2 is a veggie I need reinforcements….

I’m referring to the potato plants if you can distinguish them in that sea of green – they’ve had flowers which got blown away in the mad wind and rain the other day.

Moving on from potatoes….should I give up on these tomatoes or will they still ripen?

In better news, at least my strawberries are doing what they are supposed to be doing!

So – the spuds – how do I know when to dig ’em up?!

Corny’s Make-Over #Wordless Wednesday

Posted on 28th July 2010 in childish/ corn/ garden/ wordless wednesday

My lovely corn plants have come on a lot in the last two weeks, see Corny to see how much they’ve grown. But every day I look out at them and feel the urge to draw faces under all that windswept hair…. today it got the better of me!

I know it is very, very childish – and probably poisonous – but I couldn’t help it, OK   😮

This is my first entry into TheGallery – I hope it doesn’t lower the tone too much?!

Corny #WordlessWednesday

Posted on 14th July 2010 in child/ children/ corn/ garden/ pieris/ plants/ wordless wednesday

This is growing, in my garden, next to it’s twin. In the same little bed there are also peppers, strawberries and tomato plants – oh and a pieris (it just looks nice ok). Nothing monumental except that I normally kill everything, I am the opposite of ‘green fingered’ maybe ‘black finger of death’ or ‘plant murdering fingers’ but defo not green. Yet these corn plants stand tall and sturdy and the children and I are watering them everyday and waiting for the day when they give us corn.

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