Sunday, 23 June 2013

Progress in the garden

A year back, I decided to get rid of the "lawn" at the front of the house.  The word "lawn" is well deserving of its inverted commas as it was hardly a bowling green and more an annoying piece of scrubby grass into which next door's thistles and dandelions took great delight in seeding themselves.  It looked a total mess, and is thankfully no more.

The driveway is laid, now to wait 3 weeks before the car can go on it!
The decision was taken to turn part of the area into a drive for housemate's car, with the remainder being converted into a bed for growing veggies.  Now that the drive has finally been completed, I have made some headway with the rest.  Having been inspired by Mel Bartholomew and his Square Foot (or Square Meter) Gardening, I've decided against one large bed in the centre, and have opted to turn it into several smaller beds with a pathway of sorts in between.  That way, I can probably plant just as much but won't have to step onto the soil to reach anything.

Mount rubble and broken slabs has been shifted around somewhat and I have at least finished one of the (roughly) square metre beds.  This has now been planted with some cauliflower plants that a neighbour kindly donated to me, so I suppose the next task will be to put a net of some sort over them to keep the pigeons (and the cat from 4 doors down) off the bed.

Cauliflower plants, a bit bedraggled as the snails had a munch last night

"New" to me path to the front door, with grobags of potatoes
As the old kerb-edge path was decidedly unsafe, I have invested in some ridiculously cheap block pavers which I won on eBay.  They had the added bonus of coming with several bags of sand, which was perfect for laying them onto.  The garden may a bit of a hotch-potch, but I'm all in favour of saving money by re-using what I have (what I can buy for nix or can scrounge), and some of the old path has been recycled as bed edging.  If it does the job, that's all that matters.  I'm in this to save money not spend it unnecessarily, and certainly not to win any beauty contests!

Elsewhere, the swedes and spinach are doing well, along with the red onions ...
Red onion, swede, hidden lettuce, spinach
and the spuds in the border bed are also doing well.

Sharpe's Express and Maris Piper potatoes
The forecast is for rain tonight, so slug and snail patrol will have to be vigilant in the front garden as well as the back, otherwise the caulis will probably disappear!

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