When we moved in nearly three months ago the garden looked like this (at least this is the west side of the back garden)
There was nothing wrong with this garden. It was functional, neat and easy to look after. But not what we wanted. We also needed to get the power connected to the shed which involved digging a trench through this part of the garden.
After the trench had been dug – and I got the bob cat man to remove all those white stones and the larger plants we didn’t want at the same time – the garden looked like this.
A little naive, but I didn’t quite realise quite how destructive the bobcat and electrical work was going to be. Pretty much a clean slate I guess, but now a lot of work ahead of us to get it looking presentable and working productively.
Thankfully this weekend we had the wonderful combination of a free Saturday and lovely weather to get out into the garden. My initial plan was to use all recycled material, but after trawling through a couple of salvage yards we realised none of the material on offer was suitable for use outside. According to the guy at one of the yards pretty much all such material was scooped up in diggers and sent straight to landfill along with whatever other rubble, plant material etc that were in the area being excavated. What a waste, though I guess that’s also where the stones from our garden have gone. We also considered reusing the railway sleepers that were already in the garden, but they were rotten and FULL of white ants, argh! Anyway, this lead us to getting supplies at the big green shed.
So while Mr Good measured, sawed, hammered and screwed, I dug out the remaining white stones that the digger hadn’t been able to get too. A tedious job, but someone had to do it. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken me to do the whole lot. At the end of Saturday this is what we had accomplished.
Bed number 1 is 1x3m, running east to west against the shed (so fairly protected) and in full sun for most of the day. I’m thinking of erecting a frame at the back to grow beans, snow peas etc up and then planting something in front, but I’m not sure what.
Bed number 2 is a large L-shaped bed with each side of the L being about 1.5x4m. Part the L runs east-west with one end in pretty much full sun all day and the other end in morning sun (the middle gradually getting more sun the further it is towards the est end). The North-south running bed only gets morning sun, but is quite protected. I’m thinking of tomatoes, capsicums. and eggplants in the east-west part and beetroot, silverbeet, lettuces, and Asian greens in the other part.
Still to be built is another identical (but mirror image) L-shaped bed plus a narrower east-west running bed. In these ones I’ll plant cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes and maybe corn. The herbs will be grown in pots and out the front. Is there anything I’ve forgotten?
Of course we also need to get some soil and a load of compost to dig through before we’re ready to fill these babies up with plants. Plus I haven’t sown any seeds yet, that’s this weeks job. Obviously I’ve left this pretty late so all the big ticket items will be bought as seedlings this year. That includes tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums and maybe the zucchini and capsicum.
It feels great to be doing more than just dreaming about the garden at last and while it’s still looking like a bit of a mess at least we’ve made a start.