Dan Grubbs wrote:Gothic design are better suited in climates that have snow and ice. The gothic design sheds the snow and ice a bit better.
You may want to consider how you'll deal with the shedded water that runs off these structures.
Michael Cox wrote:Hi folks,
The last few days I have ended up messing around with fence posts. Our "soil" is nice and loamy, but about 8 inches down you hit chalk subsoil. I need to put some sturdy posts in for some fencing and some plant supports. Previously the posts we have put in have been set in concrete, but this time I am trying my hand at setting them in earth without the concrete. I have a heavy steel digging bar with pretty good blade like end. It can smash the chalk up pretty easily, and but through most of the flints. The subsoil is pretty much soil packed chalk down for a few hundred meters.
Anyway, my question:
How wide should I be digging the holes? My instinct tells me that I should be digging narrow holes as tight to the post as possible. The trouble is when I come to pack the dirt back in I can't ram it very effectively because there is not really adequate space for the bar. Elsewhere, I have read conflicting comments that suggest I should be digging a hole 3 times the diameter of the post. This seems very counter intuitive as it would surely just weaken the soil structure and make the post less stable?
Mike Barkley wrote:back on track with unicorns & butterflies .... you know you're a permie when you find a mason jar thread very interesting.
Mike Barkley wrote:
A tiny frog hangs out on your beans all day so you find the cell phone & actually use it for something.
Nicole Alderman wrote:....when you've patched and darned four pairs of your son's pants (and need to repatch one of them) because the kid actually plays outside, and you'd rather mend them rather than waste resources unnessearily by tossing old clothes and buying new ones.
J Anders wrote:
Well I hadn't thought of the old cans on stakes idea... maybe I should do that to encourage them to make homes in the garden instead of around my back door where I have to kill them because I don't use the back door all the time, and then they get mad when I need to use it! In your experience, do cans in the garden need to be screwed to the stake so they don't get bumped around or is it good to leave it loose so that they don't get agitated so easily?
I do buy all my clothes except for my 100% cotton t-shirts and my bib overalls on eBay. I still have shirts that are 10 years old and my collars have split open and they're getting holey. Need to replace them... but they're good work shirts!