Home gardening Our garden plan…

Our garden plan…

by Clare Mansell
Our garden plan…

Jim has spent most of this week working on a major garden project for us… that story I am saving for another post, but before we start showing off any finished work, I thought it’s probably a good idea to do a post about our plans for the garden.

Our garden was pretty overgrown when we bought the house 4 years ago, but after a succession of tenants, it’s in dire need of some TLC. We have already refenced 90% of the boundary and ripped out dozens of plants and weeds, but there is so much more to do. The long-term aim is to create a garden that reflects our seaside location and has spaces for the many things each family member wants from an outside space.

This is a simple plan of the garden as it stands now. The top of the map is north… roughly

There are five main projects we are aiming to tackle…

(1) Remove tree stumps and create raised vegetable bed surrounding existing brick base with new railway sleepers
(2) Level large flower bed (removing more tree stumps) and turf area
(3) Add fence and gate to separate front and back gardens
(4) Move boulders and plant box hedge along Eastern boundary
(5) Beautify (!) our yard which has become a dumping ground for wheelie bins and the various bits of rubbish we have found in the garden, and is the view from my sewing room/spare bedroom!

We are not by any means experienced gardeners, six years in military housing definitely put paid to that! But we are hungry to learn, and eager to transform our small green space. It will be a long project and a steep learning curve, but as the Pinterest mosaic shows, I am collecting ideas all the time!

When we are complete we’ll have to start thinking about garden furniture and installing a hot-tub (I wish!) Talking of which if you’re looking for supplies for hot-tubs visit this website.

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Leanne August 23, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Just found your blog, and loved reading about your plans for your garden. Look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

Leanne xx

Clare Mansell August 23, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Thanks Leanne, you won’t have to wait too long as husband and father-in-law are just finishing the first project as we speak! 🙂

Nancy August 23, 2013 - 9:28 pm

I love the plan – gorgeous. I have a large yard (wouldn’t have bought it if I knew my husband would be away 5/8 years). It is a lot of work – I really need to get back into it. What I have learned is about the feeding habits of deer. I have a great collection of Hosta stems – I can’t grow a tulip but the daffodils thrive. The raccoons eat anything – including bellying up the birdfeeder and drinking the contents. So, if you have friends who like your produce – plant accordingly!


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