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The Path Plods On

Garden Path

I thought it would take just a couple of days to get the path finished once I had done the initial tricky part of going round the corner… but here we still are and still a long way to go.   I finished off on Sunday with a small section after the corner which turned out to be more tricky than I thought.    I had decided that I would be pulling up the paving slabs and putting the wood down on the concrete under the slabs but this would had meant the path benig a lot higher than the lawn which would then not keep the stones in too well.
Garden Path

I really did not want to try to dig up the concrete underneath as I thought it would be pretty thick and also take ages to get rid of.  As it happens, I had little choice as I made my first hits with the pick axe to break off bits of stuck concrete and accidently went through it.  It turned out not to be thick after all and in fact took just minutes to pull up the whole path.  Two trips to the dump later and it was all cleared.

Garden Path Garden Path

The next tricky part was to make the path slop downwards from the corner to the now lower part by the lawn, plus to dig into the bank in order to move the path over slightly.  All this digging, levelling, slopping, and still going round a slight corner still meant progress was slow.  But now we are round corners, sorted out slops…. all that is needed is to remain going in a straight line with the only obsticle being having to dig into the bank.

Garden Path

Meanwhile, another load of pebbles got delivered and I’ve told our Freecycle friend that we probably have more an enough now.   T&J are sorted some into piles of larger pebbles which we can use for the top layer.  The rest is being washed and then dumped inbetween the gaps.  A long and wet process, I think to get the top layers covers in the large cleaned pebbles may take some time.

Free wood leads to new project

wooden path

I plan to make a start on this over the weekend. The other week we managed to pick up some free wood off freecycle for burning on the fire. When the bloke stopped by to drop it off it turned out to be a whole transit van full of thick good quality wood that would take months for us to get through on the fire.

One the the things i have wanted to do in the back garden for a while is to get rid of the boring and strict path that goes up to the similar paved patio area. The idea here has been to replace the straight line with something more wriggly and organic, at the same time moving the path nearer to the fence and so giving us a bit more grass and sorting out the small script between the path and the fence which really is a bit of a waste. It was originally put to grass for the rabbit to have a large run along the side, but the day after doing this the rabbit escaped and got eaten by a fox. Apart from the obvious sadness of finding bits of rabbit all over the garden, it was a bit annoying to have spent all that time sorting out a home for the rabbit. To add some history to this, for the last 12 months the rabbit had been free range within the garden and so it was just bad luck fir the rabbit that the one time he needed to be safe from foxes he managed to get himself into a bit of trouble.

That explains why we have a bit if unused grassy bit of garden which is too narrow for anything and a bit of a mess as it is too small to mow too.

The plan then is to dig up the paving slabs and anything underneath and then cut the wood to size to make an even width wiggly path. In between the wood will be pebbles which gives a further organic feel to it and is quite fitting seeing as we are right next to. A pebbled beach.

I did have plans to sneak over to the beach in the middle of the night and get the pebbles that way. I dismissed this when I thought just how many trips I would have to make to the beach and how heavy pebbles are, and that it is not really legal to remove so many from the beach. Then, as if by magic, along came an email from free cycle from a person getting rid of pebbles from their garden! An exchange of emails took place and it turned out that this bloke had a garden full of pebbles and was replacing it with grass and would have trailer loads of them. So free wood and free pebbles. The email exchange then went cold and so I’m hoping it is still on and that by the end of the week I will be the owner of a big pile of pebbles.

Slow slow start to 2011

Lots of promise for 2011 but yet any to be lived out.  So far work in the garden has been little to nearly reaching none at all.   The Square Foot Garden beds have not been touched since last year and remain to be mainly used as a cat toilet (part of the reason why they are yet to be touched).   Before I do anything I need to made up some frames in order to stop the cat getting onto them, and I must do that fast otherwise time will have run out before I get to do anything.     The beds need tidying up, cat poo removed and new compost added on top.  I wonder if last year they got too water logged which is why we had limited success, maybe the mixture of peat and vermiculite was too much for it.  It seemed very dry on top but moist and warm when you put your finger in it, if it had been sunny for a number of days.  But as soon as it rained, certainly  near the end of the growing year, it remained very wet.    My plan then is to top up with compost only.

The decking needs a good clean. not helped by the leaking toilet overflow which has been dripping onto the decking for nearly a year now.   It’s on my list to fix, it really is, but for now it means a rather green and wet section of decking.

You may spot the wood down one side of the garden, there is a story behind that…..   Our new open fireplace is going well and over winter I had managed to pick up some free wood which I cut up and we used.  This was coming to an end when another source suggested they had some waste wood from building sites that if I wanted they would leave on the driveway.  Bingo, I thought.    The large Ford Transit arrived early one Saturday morning and they unloaded and kept unloading.  The van was completly full of wood that had been used with concreting, big thick long lengths, all on our driveway.   The bloke told me he would leave it a month or two before he comes next as it would take some time to burn it all.  A slight understatement, I think we have wood here for 6 months or so!

For the past two or three weekends I have been slowly cutting up the wood and we have done very well for free wood, free heating in the evenings.   The wood is good stuff though, big thick bits of it.  What you see in the photos here then is just a small amount of it (the rest is already cut up and round the side), and trying out various garden project ideas before the rest is either put to good garden use or cut up too for burning.  Watch this space….

Tell the Cats to Keep Off

Garden

Let us see how long this lasts before the cats dig it all up…..

We Have Rain!

Rain!

After two months of sun sun sun, we have rain rain rain!   The weather suggests drizzle for the rest of the day followed by normal sun tomorrow and high humidity.  The rain is most welcome and the sun to follow will be nice too, but a little less humidity would finish it all off nicely.   It is nice this morning waking up to rain, we have the doors open in the kitchen with the rain outside and us dry indoors.     It would be nice if the rain would be more than just drizzle, would make everything look and feel much more dramatic.  But as it is, we have rain which is the main thing.  The lawn is probably loving it.

Decking Renewed

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Due to this and that, I never treated the decking with anything last year, something which is normally a yearly thing just before T&J’s birthday.  I built this decking just before their birthday probably a good fives years ago and it has really been used constantly ever since.   I’m no fan for decking for the sake of it, this corner of the garden used to be a small bit of patio with steps going down…. and then back up again to the door, all with shingle inbetween.   With toddlers in the house at the time it was part of the garden that did not get used much (at that point we had another door opening to the garden that we used instead).

If only this part of the garden got more sun it would be so much nicer, but there is not much we can do about that.   As it is, it gets a bit of sun first thing in the morning, and a small bit in the evening when the sun is as high as it is now.  However, while it may not be a sun trap to sit on, it is a great shaded area and T&J have played on it either on their bikes or their Little Tykes cars for years, and it is now our main way out to the garden.

Back from the Dead

Passion Flower comes back to live

I thought we had seen the last of our passion flower when after the winter it just stayed as a dead looking stick in the ground.  A good job then that I was not organised enough do anything about it as I noticed the other day green leaves appearing on what still looks like mostly dead plant!  We had a great passion flower in our old garden and so it is great to have this one back with us for the summer.   It has yet to ever flower for us.