I do like growing things & pottering around in our garden, but it’s been a bit tricky since we moved here 18 months ago.
The garden was a big reason for choosing this place, it’s flat, which makes it very useable, there’s a lovely old, brick wall along one side, a few David Austin roses & a magnificent Magnolia tree.
This is all tempered by lots of grass but not much space for growing stuff, a cement-block garage wall with its’ plywood door & a patch of tarmac, (yes tarmac!), smack outside the living room doors.
In short it has yet to reach its’ potential, so gardening, apart from growing herbs & a few vegetables in pots, has been on hold since we moved in. Eventually I drew up a design & organised someone to build it it for us, because underground drainage & paving are way beyond our level of skill.
The garden is in 2 sections, the smallest bit you can see in the pictures below, with steps that lead down to the main part of the garden where we’ll have a little summer-house, a small lawn & raised vegetable beds.
Tom & his men started work on the top bit 2 weeks ago, stripping out the grass & replacing it with paving, so we won’t have to lug the lawn-mower up the steps anymore & there’s lots more space for plants.
There’s a bit more to be done up here & plants to buy, as luck would have it September is a good month for planting.
A big reason for moving here was to have a simpler life-style, & the garden is a big part of that, it’ll be easier to look after & I’m so looking forward to growing vegetables again after saying goodbye to the allotment at the end of last year. I’ll keep you posted as things progress.
How is your garden doing, is it a nice space to spend time in?, because no matter what size it is or where you live, that’s what really matters.
all photos: Jill Anderson