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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 17 7:16 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

There is a property near us that might be nice if we were willing to do really extensive work on the house, maybe even more than Dpack is doing. There is a house with 2 cottages at the front of the property, then about 1 acre of land behind the whole lot. Sadly as it has been left so long, and is very derelict, I rather suspect that it is going for building land at grossly inflated prices. Would be nice to live in the house and use the land for garden/storage and work area, and rent or sell the cottages. Although I can't see many of the locals being that keen on a woodyard there as they are mainly townspeople who have moved out for a 'quiet' life.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 17 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A proper walled garden. Every house should have one.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 17 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That would be lovely. Would be possible to grow things against the walls and get ripening times advanced retarded, depending on which bit of the garden you use. Only problem is that it needs to be quite big otherwise the walls cast too much shadow.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 17 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You could train some fruit trees along a wall.

I think I'd like to add a cottage garden to mine as well.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 17 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A walled garden could really be an asset here where we get so cold.

I'd look awfully fancy as the only home in the state with one (guessing), though I might draw a skeptical eye as neighbors began wondering what illegal thing I might be growing behind the wall...

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 17 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have often wondered about learning to lay brick, just so I could have one. They cost a fortune, but are fairly basic (if time consuming) to do, I'm told. One day, maybe.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
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Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 17 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Consider building a serpentine brick wall. Not only pretty, but also practical. They can often be built of a single wythe of masonry, no piers or reinforcement, 4 inches thick and up to 4 feet 8 inches tall.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 17 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look good in a garden too Jam Lady.

Slim, the only problem you might have is that a walled garden might be a frost trap in extreme cold. That could be a problem for us being on a slope so would probably mean some holes in the downhill side to let out the cold.

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