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   Old Thread  #27 1 Apr 2021 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I bought what I thought was top end rattan furniture. The frames were made of lightweight rust free aluminium rather than the heavy steel stuff that rusts, it came fully built as well, not flatpack or modules that bolt together.
Well the frames are still as good as new but the plastic rattan has started to deteriorated and fall to bits.
I've replaced it with the cheaper stuff which won't be so upsetting when that starts doing the same.
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   Old Thread  #26 1 Apr 2021 at 7.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oil might make a very slight difference to longevity but my set is also circa 1995 and still absolutely fine (without oil). It does preserve the colour though so bit of a personal choice. Should last a lifetime either way.

I agree those steamers are a must, not only for looks but also for anyone sunbathing or falling asleep after a few beers.
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   Old Thread  #25 1 Apr 2021 at 6.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Top gardening tip from me. Get somebody else to do it

Every time I cut the grass I think to myself, I could be out and about or fishing. Hate it with a passion
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   Old Thread  #24 1 Apr 2021 at 6.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You're right you dont have to but it does do better with a yearly treatment, the outlaws do theirs every year and i believe it must be knocking on for 25 years old now.
We did keep the steamer chairs as they have a nice look design wise.
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   Old Thread  #23 1 Apr 2021 at 6.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Indeed, no need to treat it at all. If you do treat it then unless you find something that’s going to stand the test of time ‘which in my opinion doesn’t exist’ then it’s an ongoing nightmare.
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   Old Thread  #22 1 Apr 2021 at 6.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You don’t need to treat teak furniture, leave it out and it just goes silver as tazi says. Lasts for decades.
Presumably your rattan is the synthetic type that will stand the weather.
DR What ever material you choose make sure you get the seats shaped for comfort. Nothing worse than sitting on an uncomfortable dead flat seat for a long time.
Personally I don’t think anything comes close to teak for looks but each to their own.
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   Old Thread  #21 1 Apr 2021 at 5.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Used to have all Teak furniture, got fed up having to treat it each year so went down the top end Rattan rout, glad we did still looks new after a few years left out in all weathers.

Google Rattan Direct, we've had a sofa set and a dinning set off them, very good service.
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   Old Thread  #20 1 Apr 2021 at 5.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wouldn’t really be looking at anything other than teak. It will turn silver colour over time ‘I’d give it 2-3 winters’ and if need to ‘your own preference’ then when it has silvered would be the time to treat it.
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   Old Thread  #19 1 Apr 2021 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm considering buying some garden furniture but I don't actually know where to start. I have a space with a patio around 10m x 8m so quite ample space to put some furniture.

Should I go for rattan furniture or aluminium? Are they okay to be left out as I have limited storage space?

What do you guys look for when you're buying furniture for your garden? I'm conidering papasan chair frame

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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   Old Thread  #18 25 May 2020 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #17 25 May 2020 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I must admit I’ve never come across one quite like that but if they are all the same then chances are it’s the variety. The other answer could be that they are just susceptible to some disease or environmental condition but either way I would try another variety.
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   Old Thread  #16 25 May 2020 at 6.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You think that's just how this variety are then?
I'll probably get a selection of runners for next year, see if I can find something we like better.

I've never seen that texture before so I didn't know if there was something wrong with them
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   Old Thread  #15 25 May 2020 at 5.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The plant needs digging up and throwing away.
Joking aside, colour, taste, texture and the centre of strawberries vary tremendously so if you aren’t happy with your variety change.
We’ve tried several different ones in the past but our favourite is probably an original that came with the house.
Some modern varieties look good and crop well but often have poor taste in comparison.
Find a variety you are happy with, then take runners from it.
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   Old Thread  #14 25 May 2020 at 2.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not a nice smell is it. I pile it up right at the bottom of my garden just behind my neighbors fence, gives the nosey bitch something to talk about, she is quite excitable
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   Old Thread  #13 25 May 2020 at 1.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have some big buckets with sealable lids filled up with water and put weeds and any old plant matter in them and leave sealed for a few weeks and then drain it and use the water to water my vegetables.
Then what's left goes in a corner at the back of the garden to rot completely and it doesn't take long, can stink for a while but I have a long garden so it isn't an issue.
The local tips near me are open now, so the rest will soon follow soon enough.
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