Buying a new house is great because you get a blank canvas to go wild on. However, you also get a garden. Having never needed any gardening skills before, this has been quite a challenge. Especially if you buy a Taylor Wimpey house! A few years on, here is how it has progressed.
I can’t find a photo of the very beginning but it was just a mud pit. The ‘garden’ was a square of builders rubble. All the nice soil is clearly shifted out and you are left with mud that is mixed with old brick, clay, stones, rubbish….that sort of thing.
The first stage was to get a professional in to create a nice patio, then the rest of it was down to us to get rid of as much of the bad stuff as possible and grow some grass.
Once the lawn was underway, we got a couple of apple trees for the back to try and brighten up (and cover) all that brick work.
It was still looking really empty and there was a lot of brick on show. Slowly we have been building it up. Sleepers at the back form a nice bedding area for lower plants and help to attract some wildlife to the garden.
We are also trying to grow veggies to eat. We’re not that clued up on it, so it has been a trial and error approach this year. The boxes on the right were handmade and are now home to salad, herbs, broccoli, carrots, radishes and chilli peppers. They are the latest edition this summer. We’re not sure how well everything is going to grow – we’ve squashed them all in together a bit too much!
We’ve been trying to do this as cost effectively as possible. Making things where we can and making use of old bits of furniture. Who knows what it will look like next year?