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Hello from England, UK

Post  jumiclads on 11/21/2010, 4:16 pm

Hi all, just wanted to pop in to say hello after joining the Forum today. My name is Mick, 52, from England in the UK. I have not done any gardening believe it or not for about 30 years. This was only because my garden is coverered in sheds where I kept racing pigeons and now they are gone my son has filled them with Royal Python snakes. I was given another piece of land attatched to mine by my wife's mother because it was a local tip. To give you an idea I cleared 13 bikes, 8 beds, 1000 ish glass bottles. 2 - 8 yard skips of DIY rubble and seived manualy about 60 ton of mixed rubble and soil. This has now left me at the moment with a 20 feet x 70 feet piece of land with about 40 ton of excess top soil on it. Phew!! This month I will be altering the fencing and moving the excess topsoil and then I will be ready to start SFGing.

I have ordered the book for Christmas and I am looking forward to chatting with you all.
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Post  camprn on 11/21/2010, 5:01 pm

Greetings jumiclads and glad you\'re here to the forum! My goodness, I'm simply exhausted from reading your post! Congratulations on your reclamation project. I'm looking forward to reading about your progress in building your SFG.
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Post  happyfrog on 11/21/2010, 6:59 pm

wow! you've been incredibly busy!


can't wait to hear your sfg plans!

welcome to the boards!

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Post  Dunkinjean on 11/21/2010, 10:08 pm

Welcome!

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I am also tired after reading what you did!

But it will be worth having your own SFG....
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Re: Hello from England, UK

Post  LaFee on 11/22/2010, 1:28 am

Hello, and welcome to the forums!

Sorry I'm a bit late to the chorus -- you posted after I'd fallen asleep on the sofa last night Very Happy, so I didn't see you here until this morning.

I'm LaFee, regional host for the Europe forum, and an American transplant to France (nearly Paris).

You'll find lots of great advice and nice people here -- the kettle's always on, and we're glad to have you with us.

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Re: Hello from England, UK

Post  jumiclads on 11/22/2010, 7:12 am

Thanks for all your nice welcomes, they are much appreciated.

I am a little worn out myself Smile But it will all be worth it in the end.

I have put a few photos of my work so far for you to see what I mean.


This is an aerial picture from google maps and the green you can see on my new plot are about 25 years growth of blackberry bushes on top of all the rubbish that has been dumped on the plot. Ouch, they didn't half hurt.



As you can see I have plenty of topsoil. I am hoping to lose quite a lot when I put the new fence up with gravel boards at the bottom. I will be able to raise the plot by about 6 inches all over and then put the rest on the yard over the road that we own.
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Post  bettyd_z7_va on 11/22/2010, 7:41 am

Welcome jumiclads,

I will be looking forward to hearing about your venture into SFGing.

I don't fly, but have always wanted to come to England to visit the famous gardens. When my sister passed away, my niece gave me her approximately 2 thousand English Home and Garden magazines. I was reading one yesterday and dreaming.

You have such wonderful weather for growing.

We love pictures, so please keep posting pictures of your progress.

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Re: Hello from England, UK

Post  Icemaiden on 11/22/2010, 1:37 pm

Welcome!
I used to live at Ashby so that makes us almost neighbours Very Happy

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Post  Chopper on 11/22/2010, 4:52 pm

Very exciting. thanks for the aerial picture - it told the tale. Hope you like blackberries because killing them is about impossible - might as well just control them LOL! I look forward to seeing it once it is whipped into SFG shape.

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Re: Hello from England, UK

Post  jumiclads on 11/22/2010, 4:57 pm

Yes, some of the roots went down about 3 feet. I have dug every one out and seived every ounce of soil. Maybe a few little ones got through but I can soon get them when they show their little heads. I can't wait either but I have to be patient. £600 worth of fencing to do first then a greenhouse that I bought 6 years ago and never put up to erect. Then I can make a start on some boxes.
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Post  ander217 on 11/23/2010, 6:53 am

Welcome to the forum, Jumiclads. I agree, I'm tired just reading your post! By the time you are finished you will have more than earned the ease of SFG.

Thanks for all the wonderful photos. Please keep them coming as you progress. (The photo of your family is lovely, too.)

glad you\'re here
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Re: Hello from England, UK

Post  jumiclads on 11/23/2010, 7:43 am

Thanks Ander217, I will put some progress photos up as soon as the weather here dries up a bit. Everytime I look out the window and think it looks a nice day the clouds come over and it starts raining. Once I get the fence done and get the greenhouse up I can sit in the greenhouse and laugh at the rain then it might get fed up and go elsewhere. Laughing
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Post  WardinWake on 11/23/2010, 6:08 pm

@jumiclads wrote:Thanks Ander217, I will put some progress photos up as soon as the weather here dries up a bit. Everytime I look out the window and think it looks a nice day the clouds come over and it starts raining. Once I get the fence done and get the greenhouse up I can sit in the greenhouse and laugh at the rain then it might get fed up and go elsewhere. Laughing

Howdy Mick:

I did not think that it rained in England. Ah well, sometimes we have to put up with a little rain so we can get inside work done Smile . In any case a great big southern U.S. hug and welcome to the SFG family.

God Bless, Ward and Mary
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Re: Hello from England, UK

Post  jumiclads on 11/25/2010, 4:47 pm

Thanks for the welcome Ward & Mary. We get quite a bit of rain here. Usualy when its holidays or week ends. There were a few rivers running down the plot yesterday and then it froze last night. Got the new fencing coming next week so hopefuly it will clear up long enough for me and my son to plant 20 concrete posts. Got to hurry up to give you peeps something to look at rather than just a big pile of dirt.
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Post  jumiclads on 11/25/2010, 5:08 pm

@Icemaiden wrote:Welcome!
I used to live at Ashby so that makes us almost neighbours Very Happy

Sorry Icemaiden, I missed your welcome. Thankyou. Yes, Ashby is near to me. Little bit warmer in Ashby than in Iceland I think.
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