What did you do in your garden today?


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It was dry for most of the day yesterday so I cleaed most of the dead leaves from the borders in the back garden. I blew the remaing few right to the back along the side fence. The green bin is full again.
 
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Planted 12 pencil hollies in what I hope to prove are good locations. Blew up leaves as usual and put them in what I hope will be a new garden area where I cannot grow grass. My wife has a growing concern, and I cannot blame her, as it is an unpainted canvas. I have a small inkling a gazebo will sprout from the middle but I do not think I will tell her that, so that her input is unsullied. And more entertaining! Its not being mean..I promise.
 
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Just had a look round today, nothing desperate that needs attention, apart from sweeping up a lot of moss the birds have thrown off the garage roof whilst they've been looking for bugs.

If it's dry tomorrow or Sunday, I'll give all the Wisterias their winter prune.
 
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Just had a look round today, nothing desperate that needs attention, apart from sweeping up a lot of moss the birds have thrown off the garage roof whilst they've been looking for bugs.

If it's dry tomorrow or Sunday, I'll give all the Wisterias their winter prune.
I would like a wisteria over a canopy in the yard. I imagine I will be told it will try to take over the world!

Would wisteria climb a tree to get that double take flowering hardwood look? I have more hardwoods than you can shake a stick at
 
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I've a problem with one of the three light switches that control different lights in the garden.

So I had a look at it today.

The switches are behind the curtains in the lounge next to the French windows.
The power comes from the garage circuit.
There's three sockets in the garage into which the different lighting feeds are plugged.
There's an armoured four core cable plus earth under the patio between the house and the garage.
One core from the garage curcuit supplies the feed to all three switches. Each switch has one of the three other wires as a return, connected to the other side of the sockets.
The suspect socket is live on the mains side but not on the other when the switch is turned on.
The switch is working as it is live on the return side when turned on.

I just have to work out where there is a break.

It could be either where the wires from the switches join the four core cable under the floor boards. (I'll need to get down the trap door in the cupboard under the stairs to get to that)

Where the armoured cable joins individual wires to the sockets, (on the garage wall behind my big work bench which will have to be moved),
Or somewhere behind the panel on which the sockets are mounted.

I'm a bit vague as to how many connections there are, as I put all this in thirty four years ago and everything has worked perfectly until now.
I could just plug everything in to the two sets of sockets thatt are working and not bother, But I like things to be right. So I'll have another look tomorrow.

Spoke to our greenkeeper on the golf course this morning, as he was putting "stuff" on the greens. I try to mirror his treatments with my lawn. He was apparently, putting on a "light feed." As grass grows all year round, I might do the same.
 
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Watch for signs of heat in those wires. I am about to put some "blue stuff" on my lawn. I wonder what comment my wife will have about the dye.
 
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Watch for signs of heat in those wires. I am about to put some "blue stuff" on my lawn. I wonder what comment my wife will have about the dye.
Thanks for that, but all the wiring is in "old fashioned" 7029 cable which is good for more than 2kw. At any one time there's never more than about 500w on the mains lighting and the rest is all low voltage stuff.
 
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Planted pepper seeds. It's a little early but they were old seeds and if they sprout I won't have to buy any this year. And if they don't I will still have plenty of time to order some. If they do sprout I haven't figured out where to grow them indoors yet.
 
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Planted pepper seeds. It's a little early but they were old seeds and if they sprout I won't have to buy any this year. And if they don't I will still have plenty of time to order some. If they do sprout I haven't figured out where to grow them indoors yet.
Your post reminded me that I had dug out and sorted some gifted seeds after reading that epic and extensive pepper thread you and ? created last year. Its time to plant them too.
 
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I planted some lemongrass and an old cactus which had been in a pot for a few years. Then I added 200L of potting soil to 2 flower beds. And of course had some coffee :)
 
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Didn't do anything in the garden, but did a bit in the garage.
I'm going to put a new consumer unit in it.

It's for the garage and what was the room in which I had my koi pool filters, so a lot of electrical stuff, 2 pumps, UV, air pump, quarantine tank pump, air pumps, heaters.

This one.

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I'll remove some of the sockets which were all in use when we had the pool, but are no longer required.

There'll now be be four breakers, for the power, lighting, water heater and garden lighting.

The shed and the tea-house are on a separate supply from the RCCB connected to the main fuse box.


I've mounted the consumer unit on a piece of Contiplas and drilled all the necessary holes for cables. I've to mount this on the garage wall tomorrow on spacers so the wires can come in from the back. On the same board will be the sockets for the garden lighting and the two transformers for the fountain and it's low voltage spotlight. I like the garden lighting on sockets, it's mostly low voltage, on 4 transformers, only three mains coach lamps, so I can ring any changes I want without any "hard wiring."
I'll rig up a temporary power supply to the two freezers and my Budweiser fridge from an extension plugged into a shed socket, the cable can pass through the window between the two rooms. Should be all done over the week-end.
 
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