First of all I want to say Goodbye to Suzanne of Daily Life at Number 38 who has decided to give up blogging after 7 years. I wanted to leave a message on her last post but can't, so I'm saying it here in the hope she reads it.
Suzanne, I wish you and your family good health and a happy future filled with lots of great memories. Please don't delete your blog like I did when I stopped, I regret that now. We all become disenchanted with the blogging process at some point and there will always be a few nasty minded people out there, but blogland is predominantly good. You never know you may wish to return in the future, leave the door ajar to be able to do that. Take care. Tania x
We started work on the garden over 6 weeks ago. It's been very piece meal because the ground was so hard and the weather too warm at times. Hubby wanted to hire a mini digger but that would have meant removing the rear garage door and frame to get it into the back garden as the side path is an 1.5 inches too narrow. Plus I wanted to be able to use the garden in the meantime because of Bertie. The thought of hubby and a digger filled me with dread, I had visions of walking out into a garden of piles of bare earth or mud. Bertie, already has to inspect everything that comes into the garden as you can see below. He had to be put on a lead because he was running through the top soil hubby had just rolled ready to be seeded. The newly seeded area has been sheeted to stop the birds and Bertie ripping it apart.
We sketched out a rough plan thinking about growing some veg, the position of the sun throughout the day and evening etc. This garden is probably just over half the size of our last one and an odd shape so I had to realistic when it comes to growing areas. But I'm confident with successional sowing I can get a good return once everything is in place. I've already planted runner beans, French beans, a few peas, beetroot and lettuce.
Last year we removed a large step from the outside the lounge French door, it was a semi circle of slabs with a stone brick base. We've reused all the stone base as hardcore for the shed base that we hope to complete shortly. Hubby wants my gardening bit out of the garage, he's of the opinion that The slabs have formed the base for my plastic greenhouse which has been on order since the beginning of March and due next week. (It's the last thing I will purchase knowing it comes from China) In the mean time I'm using my solar drier as a mini greenhouse to get my plants established. Everything is behind but as long as I get some food throughout late summer I'll be a happy bunny.
The sleepers have been used as boundaries and all the original border soil has been taken up and used to level out the lawn
Decking will be ordered shortly to form the patio which measure 4.1 x 4.1 metres approx. and will be the table and chairs live. Its a large set but I love it and its very comfortable. The slab work next to the bungalow will be done at the back end of the summer.