This is the first instalment of my next mission as part of my Challenge Me… posts.
My garden is a disaster and it is in dire need of drastic action. It’s quite bad as we have only been in the house almost two years. It was a nice, tidy garden. However, when Greg was made redundant last year and was on “garden leave” he took it literally and decided, to quote him “garden the s**t outta the garden”. Well, we did end up with a s**t garden that part is true.
This is what the garden looked like before Greg got his grubby little green fingers on it…
These are a few photos of what it looked like 10 minutes ago…
Anyway, let’s not play the blame game – we now need to get the garden back to “Steve Standards”.
I have a “vision” and I’m a planner so I need to know exactly what we are aiming for, what needs to be done and what we need in order to achieve the end result. Bearing in mind I am no architect/landscape gardener I’ve drawn up a plan of what we are working towards…
Now, breaking this down into sections:
The patio is actually 92% complete and to be fair to Greg, he’s never done anything like this before and he’s done a good job – he just never finished it. It’s not perfect and I’m sure he would agree with that and walking on some parts does remind me of a scene from Grease. So, there are a few slabs to lay, the gaps need filled in, we need a little wall and a step to separate it from the lawn and it needs a good power wash but all in all job’s a good one! At the side of the patio we will have some trees and stones by the fence to stop the neighbours from talking to us!
This will be a mini project of mine. I’ve never grown anything except a beard before so this could be interesting. I aim to produce vegetables we will use so the main one that springs to mind is potatoes. I’ll need to study up on how to harvest these beasts and I might throw a few other vegetables in the patch as well – all suggestions/advice welcome. The surrounding fence to this area will be double panelled to stop the neighbours from talking to us!
Shed & Cat-house
We already have the cat-house and Bingo will run and hide in there when it starts to rain if she is in the garden. It needs to painted, decorated and tidied up inside. As for the shed, I’m not entirely sure why we need one as it will only end up being filled with crap. I’d much rather have a nice little summer-house – the cat has one so why can’t I?
Apparently since we moved to the country we recycle now. We have a big compost bucket, a cone that goes into the ground for food waste, a paper bucket, a glass/plastics bucket and a bucket bucket. There’s also a Chimnea for burning stuff that doesn’t fit any of the above or maybe it’s just to satisfy Greg’s worrying obsession with burning stuff. That’s all very good but it’s all quite ugly and we need to segregate that section from the rest of the garden with a little fence or something.
I thought the lawn was fine but according to Greg it was not flat enough. He wants it “bowling green” flat. I have no intention of taking up lawn bowls and I’m sure he doesn’t either but he has a plan…
There is already a little area that has flowers, rocks, lights, a bird bath and trees in it just now but well – it looks s**t. This needs to be re-designed with some organization so that it adds a touch of colour to the garden. I plan to also have a trellis at the back of the flower bed with some climbing plants to stop the neighbours from talking to us. There will be a smaller flower border going down the side of the lawn with some hanging baskets on the fence or some garden ornaments or something…
The garage needs tidied inside but on the outside I thought again about a trellis with nice climbing plants or hanging baskets.
Wish me luck….
This post was part of the Challenge Steve posts, to see previous posts look at the Challenge Steve Archives or click on Missions in the category cloud on this page.