The new border, at long last
Isn’t it funny how you always assume working in the garden is easy?
Next time I decide to have a bright idea, please someone just slap me!
The amount of work put into this border is beyond imagination, I ought to have seen it coming but my lack of experience didn’t ever prepare me for what would lie ahead.
My plans to extend other borders may now never happen, I don’t think I’ll be trying for a while yet…
Once digging it soon became obvious this wasn’t a case of breaking up the clay, allowing to dry and then mixing with improver/top soil/sand, there was just too much. The most sensible option is to remove as much clay as possible… Easier said than done without the aid of a skip!
I had ordered quite a few bags of top soil and they finally arrived on the Friday. So as soon I got home I was out emptying everything onto the border…
**Note to myself – it’s a bad idea to attempt such physical work after you’ve been out all day at work. Even worse idea when you haven’t eaten for 6 hours.
To add to the top soil we mixed in; sand, home produced compost, the remains from the veggie planter, mulch, soil improver and gravel.
The next hurdle was deciding where the plants should go within the border, trying to imagine the growth of the plants as they mature…
I’m pretty certain I’ll move things around in future, as I understand them better, but for now this will have to do. There are aspects I am not happy with, like the ridiculous wooden border was meant to go; the plan was to raise the new border to meet the old, but as I dug down to get rid of the clay it meant I needed to raise the border even more.
It will have to wait to be rectified, for now I have plans to plant some Aubrietia and Campanula along the edge to hide the wood.
And will you look at this cheeky chappie!
Images were actually taken by my brother… I actually know what the little beggar had been up to, see that pot knocked over at the bottom of the first photo? It’d been trying to plant yet another egg in there for me. I found one buried in the actual border instead and threw it up to the area it’s now stood in the next day.
Phew, now after all that I think I’ll go get myself a drink – it is Friday after all!