The last ten days has seen the beginning of our garden makeover. When we started this phase we thought it would take us a long weekend. How wrong were we. But despite having to adjust our expectations a little things are really starting to shape up and we can see that in the end all the hard work’s going to be worth it. Here’s the story so far:
We cleared the border beside the fence, to make the path, that’s already there, easier to access. Two huge shrubs were removed and a lot of foliage. The scimia was pruned right back and we found hundreds of bluebell bulbs which have now been replanted. Beany had great fun helping with this stage, filling the green bag full of weeds and investigating the wildlife in the border.
Then we needed to dig a trench for the foundation of the sleepers that will form steps leading up to the lawn, when it is raised. This is where we hit real problems. The ground in our garden turns out to be full of builder’s rubble. Not unusual but infuriating, In the end a pick axe was deployed, kindly lent to us by a friend.
The next problem was Beany loves to be out in the garden running around. She even wanted to help but it’s really not a job that a twenty-month old can participate in. In fact it’s near on impossible to do anything if she’s in the garden as well.
Once the trench for the footings was dug we needed to move the sleepers into place. This was a two-man job as the sleepers are very heavy. One of us needed to look after Beany, so we drafted in a friend with the promise of a bottle of Damson wine at the end.
Another factor was the need to hire serious power tools to cut through the sleepers. Definitely not the environment for Beany, so the foam-shapes-on-the-window-game was deployed. This way she was entertained and could keep an eye on daddy at the same time.
At the end of the fifth day of work, this is what we have.
Hard work, mainly the husband digging in some of the hottest weather this year, shear determination, the help of friends and the hire of a power saw, and we’ve got to a position where the sleepers can be cemented in. We can really start to get a feel for what it’s going to look like.
The really interesting thing about this project is its evolving as we create it. I wasn’t sure what I was going to put in the border between the sleepers. I thought I’d move the hellebores and roses from the borders into it but it wasn’t quite right. Our friend suggested salad veg and tumbling toms. A fantastic idea and the border will be the perfect height for Beany to grow her own veg too.
I want to keep areas for nature as well. We wanted a barrier for stray footballs and to deter people from getting too close to the edge. The idea came to me, whilst watching the work progress that we could make a border of wild flowers along the top of the sleepers. We’ll see when it’s all finished if this is what we’ll do.
Despite the blood, sweat and tears, we’re really enjoying this project and have a huge sense of satisfaction already. I’ll keep you up to date with how we’re getting along as we go but I think its fair to say this project is going to evolve with us as we build our new garden and see how it shapes up.
Have you completed a garden makeover? We’d love to know if you have so don’t forget to let us know. If you’d like to keep up with our work on the garden then I’ll be posting photos on Instagram. Why not join us there.