Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dreaming big

Over the years Management has taught me that it's OK not just to dream but to actually have a go at making those dreams a reality.  I only have to mutter "wouldn't it be great if we could ..." and he's off making plans and sourcing materials.  So when I casually said "do you think we could make a vegetable patch full of raised beds" there was no question in his mind that's what we would do.  Thanks to his encouragement and LP's continued willingness to work extremely hard, an overgrown and completely out-of-control part of the garden has undergone a complete transformation.  In truth, beds were an absolute necessity because this area is riddled with tree roots and trying to grow veggies straight into the soil would have been a less than pleasant experience but I could not have made these beds on my own.

By mid-way through Saturday afternoon LP had every scrap of timber, including the old pallets, chopped up, put away and the ground cleared.  We don't think this part of the garden has ever been this tidy and I've certainly never had this quantity of wood in the log store so early in the year.  As 'early finishes' don't seem to be in his vocabulary he then made a start on post holes for the next raised bed.









Daisy found a sunny spot from which to observe proceedings.







Sunday was equally productive and as is so often the case when we're this busy, I don't take pictures.  Management had an energetic morning when he offered to pressure wash an IBC tank. Bless his heart, I dislike using the Karcher nearly as much as I don't like cutting metal.  The steel frame he made was exactly the right size and now the tank sits firmly and securely waiting for me to connect it to the drainpipe.

 



We were on the home straight by Monday with a mission to get as much finished as possible by the end of the day because LP won't be back for nearly two weeks.  It was a hard day because there are more tree roots the further back towards the fence you go.  There was mattock swinging and swearing on more than one occasion.







Daisy was kept occupied chasing rugby balls around the garden interspersed with snoozes on her 'outdoor' bed which has a water resistant backing.  Spoilt rotten?  Surely not :}



We didn't get finished.  There are sections where, because of the slope, soil has to be dug away before the boards can be fixed in place and LP ran out of time. 











And the crime scene tape?  Well, we're cogitating a seating area or maybe even a tiny summer house ....




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    1. Thanks m'lovely :} You might not believe it to look at the huge bins LP has built but all the inspiration came from a certain little Plot on a Hill .......

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  2. Looking good. Work like that has the advantage to easy to see progress... very satisfying :)

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    1. You're right Jenny, it's almost instant gardening :}

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  3. Oh this is looking great!
    And I so need an LP. The next raised bed here is on permanent hold it seems, although to be fair there is a humungous amount of hillside shifting to be done first. :(

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Why is your next bed on indefinite hold?

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  4. It's going to look great when you've got it full of veggies. A very productive weekend!

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    1. If only I can grow veggies as well as LP can fix timber together ...

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  5. Oh, I do love the look of those raised beds!! We had two beds right after we bought this house and grew lots of lovely stuff in them. However, over the years the oak trees grew and grew until there's no sunlight in the bed areas any more! Bummer. So, what are you gonna plant in there?

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    1. Shame your beds got shaded but I'd have the oak tree any day. Can you relocate the beds to another part of your garden?

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  6. What a transformation Jayne, it's looking brilliant :-)

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    1. Thanks Jill, when are you coming to see it?

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  7. Just doing some catchup and those raised beds are great. Just what I need with my poor old back, but certainly won't be getting any. Looking forward to seeing them brimming over with veg. Take care.

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    1. Morning Susan, sorry you can't have beds. Well done, you've spotted the cunning plan which is to make them high now so that when I am older they are not too low.

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