If you have been following my blog for a while you may have seen me mention that I have been working on my garden. Today I thought I would share with you what I have been doing in my garden and my plans for the future.
When I moved into my home, nearly a full year ago now, the garden was so overgrown and the grass was taller than me (and I’m 5 foot 5 and a bit). Luckily the housing association sent one of their maintenance people to cut the grass for me with industrial mowers and strimmers otherwise I’m not really sure how I would have managed. Once the grass had been cut all I needed to do was to rake up all the cuttings and get rid of them.
It took 7 bin bags to get most of the cuttings off the lawn. The grass was really patchy and dry but after a week or so it started to turn green again.
I didn’t do much with the garden in the first year but, since the weather has started to get warmer and drier I have been weeding and digging and getting it into some sort of shape.
I started by weeding and de-brambling the top of the garden which took me a few days and filled my green garden waste bin to the top!
I have also dug a flower bed at the bottom of my garden which is going to be a wildflower and lavender border.
It has been pretty hard work, all of the stones that you see have been dug out of the soil and at times, it seemed that every time I put shovel to soil it was coming into contact with a stone or paving slab or other garden waste.
The good thing about finding so many stones, and large ones at that, is that I have enough to edge all the flower borders that I want to put in and even, probably, to make a stepping stone path.
At the top of the garden, in the large bed that I weeded and dug over I now have a hydrangea, rhubarb and a gooseberry bush planted. I am planning on creating a compost heap, an area for growing my own veg and some other fruit bushes.
To the right of my garden, as I look up from my house, I am intending to dig a border to go right along the edge which will be planted with wildflowers, honeysuckle and rose bushes, sweet peas, and other scented flowers. I have included a plan of how I want my garden to be like below!
My lawn is not particularly level and has a weird lump in the center of it which I am intending to attempt to flatten at some point by digging out and redistributing the soil over the whole garden. The only problem with this is that I have no idea what is under the mound so I think I will need to dig a few tester holes to see what is below it first!
What is your garden like? Id love to hear what sort of things you have in your garden, let me know in the comments!!!!