So far, this series has covered gravel and paths made out of local stone, but this week it’s just a bit different.
What is segmented stone? Is that paving?
Let’s find out..
Segmented paving is pavers laid in a pattern. Councils use them in footpaths because if they need digging up to get to various services, they're easier to dig up than concrete footpaths.
If you’re thinking about doing it yourself, Jason’s tip is keeping the pavers level is the way to get a professional finish.
- First you need to excavate to the depth of the paver, plus sand and road base, say 100-120mm.
- Second, use a compactor on the sand to level it off and make it a hard base.
- For the cheats way of no cutting, choose pavers that fit the width of the path exactly. Otherwise you'll need to cut the pavers.
- Fill in the joints with either sand or sand and mortar together.
- The latter stops the weeds making for a happy gardener.
- Shallots are Allium var aggregatum or the Aggregatum group.
- There seems to be confusion as to what a shallot really looks like?
- So why grow them?
|Shallots won't make you cry.|
- Unlike garlic and onions, shallots don’t have that strong sulphuric aroma and irritating fumes.
- If you do use starter bulbs think carefully about when you intend to plant them.
- Seed shallots are living things, not dried seeds in a packet, and need to be bought just before planting time.
- Buy a shallot from the supermarket, place it in a small container, then put in 5mm of water with a little liquid fertiliser or seaweed extract.
- Leave for three or four days but check the base for signs of roots.
- If all goes well separate and plant.
- Some tips for growing shallots –give them a good watering once you’ve planted them but ease off the watering as they mature, unless your district has been overly dry.
- In the middle of Spring, you can if you want to, remove some soil around your shallots to expose the bulbs –that speeds up ripening because they develop better on top of the ground.
- Having said that, add a light layer of mulch to retain moisture while keeping weeds to a minimum.
- If you want well-defined cloves of shallot, feed plants often.This is where worm or compost tea come to the fore, because in cooler weather, liquid fertilisers are the only ones that actually do any good for your plants.
- When the bulbs are about a 1cm around and the leaves are starting to yellow, that’s the time to lift your shallot bulbs.
- Shake off any soil dry them out in a warm dry area for a week before storing them in a cool dry place.