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14 November

How to Build a Garden Gate

With winter now underway, it is all too easy to neglect your garden space. This is primarily thanks to a combination of adverse weather conditions and falling temperatures, which make it difficult to complete tasks such as cultivating seeds, turning over soil and even mowing the lawn. With this years’ winter set to be colder and more unpleasant than in recent years, there is a chance that your outdoor space may even become something of a no-go zone in the months ahead.


How to Build a Garden Gate: And Why Now is the Time
With this in mind, now is the ideal time to make any last-minute adjustments to your garden and ensure that it is prepared for the hardship of winter. If you need to build a garden gate, for example, consider the following steps towards achieving this aim safely and efficiently: -

1.      Deal in Accurate Measurements
Before you being to construct your gate, it is important that you measure out the space accurately. Make a note of these dimensions, and consider them in line with any future development plans that you may have for your space. You must also calculate these measurements according to general construction rules, typically by ensuring that your posts are no longer than five feet apart. This will help to secure your frame and structure once it is in place.

2.      Ensure that you have the right Tools and Components
With your measurements having being taken, the next step is to ensure that you have the requisite tools and components to complete the job. This is often easier said than done, as there can be a surprising amount of hardware required to create a functional and durable gate that is well engineered. One of the key considerations is your choice of suppliers, as you should to source your items from reputable trade retailer such as Barrier Components in a bid to guarantee quality while reducing costs.

3.      Dig your Holes, Sink in the Posts and Construct your Gate
With your measurements in place, you should have a clear understanding of where to dig and install your posts. Then be sure to dig your holes to a depth of approximately 1-2 feet, before sinking your posts into the spaces and ensuring that they are secured in place. The depth of each hole is important, as shallow spaces will leave your gate unsecure and ultimately distinguish it as a hazard. One your posts are secure, you can fit your hinges and gateway to complete the task and provide an added security dimension to the security of your home.


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13 November

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12 November

 The Why and the How: Building a Raised Bed for the Garden

To novice or aspiring gardeners, the winter months hardly seem like the ideal time to cultivate crops or plant seeds. Experienced gardeners know better, however, as gardening is in fact more of a full-time hobby that can be practiced all year round. November is an excellent time to move any deciduous shrubs, for example, and by digging up the root and replanting them in a new position you can optimise their growth. This little known fact underlines the complexity of gardening and the challenges facing enthusiasts all year round.

Exotic planting approaching the new Koi Pond
The raised beds by the pond

Building a Raised Bed for the Garden Why is it a Beneficial Move
Novices may also have heard of building raised beds in their garden, as this is another relatively simple tasks that can help individuals to avoid a host of outdoor challenges. As a starting point, it is important to note that raised beds are filled with a customised soil and compost blend, rather than standard soil that can require replacing all too often. This reduces the labour associated with maintaining your garden space, as does the fact that drainage is built into the bed walls to negate the risk or erosion. In the summer months, raised beds also provide plants with greater exposure to the sun and helps to extend the traditional growing season.

On the issue of labour, raising the soil level and planting an elevated bed by even a relatively small amount reduces the hard work required to place seeds, weed and harvest crops. Even sensible and proactive gardeners who use multipurpose tools from a reputable supplier such as Anglia Tools can struggle with the physical intensity of outdoor chores, and having a slightly raised bed can help to ease this burden.

How to Create a Raised Bed in your Garden
Exotic planting approaching the new Koi Pond
When it comes to building your raised bed, it is important to identify the necessary construction materials. As it is essentially a bottomless frame that is set into a shallow trench, you will need to focus on building up the sides with various materials including rock, brick concrete or even interlocking blocks. Timber is the most popular construction material for raised beds, however, although you will need to avoid using wood that is preserved with toxins if you intend to grow edibles.

On a similar note, you should also avoid placing creosote treated railroad ties to reinforce your raised bed. This is also unsafe for crops or edibles, as toxins can escape into the soil and place your family and friends at risk.


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