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#581 hepzibah

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:25 AM

So, I have been working on the big garden project ... swapping the raised beds from one side of the garden to the other, in order to move the hens onto new ground after seven years. 

 

The beds are all moved, and I have filled them from the heaps left behind (with a little help from DH). I now have canes in for the runner beans, which I have only just sown, along with courgettes, sunflowers and kale. One of the five beds is down to raspberries and we have strawberries dotted around in various spaces. 

 

We invested in an electric fence, so it's easier to move the hens around ... and a sack of grass seed to patch up where they've been! Our garden has never been level, but they dig holes, and although I fill them in, the ground is always uneven afterwards :sigh:

 

We also have a gooseberry bush, a fig tree and an apple tree ... so we're well set for this year. And the local magpies keep seeing off the pigeons (must be nesting nearby), so things have a hope of getting established. 

 

DH still has to move a couple of compost bins, and while we're having work done on the house, we're going to use up some slabs given to us by a neighbour and have some hard standing put down - we'll probably use it as a patio at the top of the garden, but others in future might well use it for a shed or something.

 

And finally, over the summer we're going to do a mini-pond project ... using the top of an old wheelbarrow :D It's ideal, with sloping sides and a deep and shallow end. We need to find some suitable plants, but have all the stonework we need to create the surround.

 

The weather has been such a boon ... I wouldn't have done half of it if it had been wet or cold :)


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#582 Barbara

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:02 AM

That sounds lovely!


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#583 hepzibah

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:18 PM

Have just been out to water the grass seed - it started to rain a little but I carried on thinking it wouldn't last long. It wasn't even sufficient to wet the surface ... but then it turned to hail! Sooo cold! 


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:46 PM

Been to a funeral and it hailed here too!


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 03:04 PM

Our grass is finally growing on the spots where there was a skip for months last year.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:14 PM

I've started lifting all the gravel and sieving it to get rid of the soil but it's a huge job.- I hated spending the summer weeding the gravel this year I think I'll just be sieving it all!

 

Our "lawn"  is currently more moss than grass.  I think we need to dig drainage before we look at reseeding.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:10 PM

Sieving it all sounds hard work!


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#588 hepzibah

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 06:59 AM

I sieved all the soil from the raised beds ... I call it 'extreme weeding'.


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:21 PM

I call it amazing!


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 05:42 PM

Actually went out into our garden yesterday and pulled some weeds. First time this year. Today I went to buy bark mulch to put round the trees and for the bed at the front. I have pansies in a pot at the front door to make it look like we are making an effort. Would love to put some flowers in the pots on the deck, but weather is still very unpredictable and pansies are about the only thing hardy enough to cope.

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 05:47 PM

I forget that you get a longer winter than even we do in the north!


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:41 PM

Yes, can't wait for spring proper. Have mulched round trees and shrubs, also front bed. Looked longingly at planters in the garden centre but decided to wait until the w/e. I want the place to look nice for visitors next week.

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