Vegmonkey and the Mrs.

Vegetable growing in a very small space in Cheltenham

Patio problems… July 11, 2007

Filed under: garden,growing — vegmonkey @ 10:02 pm

garden renovation landscaping 

We’ve got to decrease the outside ground level by about 100mm, so i set about taking up the slabs thinkig there wouldn’t be too much unerneath that would cause any trouble, and i would just be able to dig it out. Alas, no such luck.

The top layer of slabs has come up easily and have been ‘freecycled’ on www.freecycle.co.uk , in two separate lots to people who wanted to page in between their veg beds. Rather apt i thought.

Underneath the part of the patio near the veg beds was..wait for it…another patio! This was also subsequently removed with just as much ease as the first – nothing more than a hammer and a spade. I then dug out the concrete underneath the second patio and piled it up as seen in the photo.

garden renovation landscape metal concrete

The problem is, under the first patio nearest the house, is 4 inches of solid concrete, with a load of hardcore set in concrete underneath it. Looks like it was once the foundations for a lean-to of some description which was taken out. Lovely. A hammer and chisel have had little impact, and the sds drill did little too…looks like it may have to be a hydraulic breaker. Never used one before but if it does the job! After finding some metal at one end, i hope the whole thing isn’t metal reinforced.

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3 Responses to “Patio problems…”

  1. Jimmy Says:

    Ever wish you hadn’t started at times?

  2. Chitweed Says:

    Argghh! All the work will be worth it in the end. I/we had to dig up a sidewalk in front of our yard that was placed only 2 foot from the front of the house. It was miserable work…but I am so glad we did. When I increased the size of that bed this year, I had an additional surprise of finding piles of old linolium flooring buried in the ground. Ain’t gardening grand?
    Good luck!

  3. Vegmonkey Says:

    Yeah, i know it will be a lot of hard work, not least lugging the rubble out the front and getting rid of it, but i ge six weeks off every summer so it isn’t bad to keep myself busy!

    It amazes me what people will bury just to be lazy.

    I took a sledgehammer to the concrete tonight, and took it back about a foot, using a trowel to lever it out. Might not need to use a breaker after all! I’ll post again when it get’s a bit further on!


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