Step-by-Step Guide to Brick Border Edging

Brick Border Edging

One of the projects that I (when I say I, I actually mean my far more practical other half) want to tackle this summer is the edge between the lawn and the borders. 

Our strimmer seems to run out of strimming
line roughly every two minutes and I end up
on my hands and knees using our blunt garden
shears to hack at the edge of the lawn.

With sunken bricks, you can just mow straight over them and the borders look tidy and stay contained. Overall, this gives a really neat finish to the garden.


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You can put in brick edging at any time of year, but it’s better to choose a dry day for it.

The time it takes will depend on the length of run.


  • Engineering bricks.
  • Sand.
  • Ready-mixed mortar.
  • Spade and bricklayer’s trowel.
  • Watering can or bucket for water.
  • Wheelbarrow or board for mixing mortar.

1 The bricks can be laid on a 12.5cm (5in) footing of sand. Assuming your bricks are 7.5cm (3in) thick, you need to dig a trench 20cm (8in) deep. Start by digging the trench along the full length of the border, making it slightly wider than the length of brick you are using.

2 Line the entire length of the trench with a 12.5cm (5in) deep layer of sand, tamping it down very firmly.

3 Make up the mortar according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using either a wheelbarrow or a board for mixing. Lay a stretch of mortar on the sand at the start of the trench and set the first bricks into it, mortaring neatly between each brick.

4 Continue in this way for the length of the trench, allowing for any curvature along the way by inserting a slightly wider band of mortar between the bricks on the lawn side of the edging. The brick edging should be flush with the grass edge or very slightly below it.

5 Leave the mortar to dry and set before running a mower across the edging.

Check that all the bricks you use are sound and whole – the wheels of a mower going over them can give quite a battering, which will soon destroy a damaged brick.

If you prefer you can use concrete instead of sand for the footing – it will be even stronger. Use ready-mixed concrete and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for its use.

Lever up and replace any cracked or broken bricks as soon as you can after spotting them. Once there is a break in one brick, those adjacent to it will also start to crumble and disintegrate. Brush dirt, leaves and debris off the brick edging to keep it looking good.


Recipe of the Week; Fruit Crumble with variations

Fruit Crumble with variations

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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A favourite with all the family. Served with real custard a good crumble is a wonderful thing.

Per portion:
307 kcals
11g fat (6.6g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians


  • 900g (2lb) cooking apples, rhubarb, gooseberries, damsons, plums, blackberries or red or blackcurrants
  • 75–110g (3–4oz) granulated sugar, depending on sharpness of fruit
  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar


  1. Prepare fruit, slicing any large pieces. Put into a 1.25 litre (2 pint) ovenproof dish in layers with granulated sugar.
  2. Cover with foil and bake at 190°C (375°F) Mark 5 for 15 minutes.
  3. Sift flour into a bowl. Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in caster sugar.
  4. Sprinkle crumble evenly over fruit. Press down lightly, then smooth top with a knife.
  5. Reduce oven to 180°C (350°F) Mark 4 and bake for a further 45 minutes or until top is light brown.


Oaty Fruit Crumble
Follow recipe and method for Fruit Crumble. For the crumble topping mix together wholemeal flour, brown sugar and 25g (1oz) porridge oats with the butter.

Ginger Fruit Crumble
Follow recipe and method for Fruit Crumble. For the crumble topping use demerara
sugar instead of caster sugar and add 1 tsp ground ginger.

Crispy Lemon Crumble
Follow recipe and method for Fruit Crumble. Add grated rind of 1 lemon and 2 tbsp crushed cornflakes to crumble topping.




Recipe taken from The Dairy Book 0f Home Cookery | 2012 edition


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How to clean silver jewellery in seconds

Sparkling Silver Jewellery in Seconds!

After much coveting from my two little girls, yesterday I decided to have a jewellery sort out and donate to them anything that I no longer wear.

How to clean silver jewelleryI actually discovered that I no longer wear many of my necklaces because they looked so dull and tarnished.

Rather than donating everything to the girls I remembered a tip about cleaning silver jewellery I read years ago in the Dairy Diary (where would we be without it?)


How to clean silver jewellery

To clean my necklaces, I covered a saucer with aluminium foil and added 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 tbsp salt and stirred in a little hot water.

I then removed all the pendants from the chains and put the chains into the water.

After swirling the necklaces in the mixture I rinsed each one to reveal a super-sparkly chain. Woohoo.

It was like having a new set of jewellery to wear (though much cheaper!)


Must-do Ideas for Eating Out on a Budget and Top Three Foods for National Picnic Week

Must-do Ideas for Eating Out on a Budget

How many of us have paid a small fortune for a mediocre meal in a café or restaurant?

My tipping point came after paying £50 for an ordinary Saturday lunch in a local pub (and the girls only had garlic bread and juice!)

‘Never again’….I said…..’in future meals
out are for special occasions only’.

Rather than have to dash home to eat every time we want a day out, the plan is to eat well but spend less and here’s how……

My top 3 tips for eating out on a budget:

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How to make laundry easier, simpler and faster part 5

Top tips for folding laundry and life-changing duvet cover cheat

I particularly dislike ironing and folding and so the easier and less monotonous the better.

I always have to put on a good film or TV drama to watch whilst
ironing and then put everything
away as speedily as possible.

First of all, it’s a good idea to have a thorough clear out of the linen cupboard and wardrobes and donate anything unwanted to charity. This gives much more space and makes putting away easier.

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Eggs are a staple in our house – not only do they provide the magic ingredient in cakes and bakes but they’re also a fridge staple that can be thrown in with almost anything to add valuable protein, vitamins and minerals.

Just one egg provides us with 6.2g protein as well as 56 per cent of our recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12, 32 per cent of vitamin D and 18 per cent of riboflavin. These vitamins are essential for the formation of red blood cells, regulation of metabolism, maintenance of bones and teeth and for the absorption of vitamin C. Eggs also contain vitamin A, folate, biotin, phosphorus, iodine and selenium.

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Essential Guide to Travelling with Children

Essential Guide to Travelling with Children – what every parent needs to know!

Essential Guide to Travelling with Children – what every parent needs to know!

Life is stressful enough without having to deal with bored children so whenever we travel any distance I always go prepared. And yes I did used to be a Girl Guide!

How to keep little ones occupied on a plane/train/in the car

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