Friday, 31 August 2018

Refurb is done!

....... and doesn't it look good. feeling chuffed to pieces.

It was hubbies idea to build a raised bed for the olive tree. I wasn't sure, but yet again he has proved me wrong, I think it looks great.

We used our wonderful builder who is no landscaper but when I asked him if he would do the work,
he was up for it. As usual he has done a magnificent job and come up with some super ideas along the way too.

He also put up the arch I bought last year.

The neighbours got a guy in, to put up the new fence.

You can see the old raised bed

after its refurb it looks like this

posh huh! I need to sort the posts out, I tried wire brushing the old paint off but that didn't work, so I need to find some paint the colour of concrete posts lol!

The winter protection is now going to be easier due to a clever idea from my builder. Inside the sleepers he has attached clips to hold copper pipe, which I can attach varying lengths as the plants grow.

and he presto one frame

with one builder in the back ground.

I had been worrying how I was going to construct the frame as the plants got bigger and I am no builder. I am a bodger! So this takes all the worry away.

I still have some planting to do down by the pond in the bed that has remained unplanted whilst I waited for the new fence to be put up. But all in all I think next year could be rather good!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Lots of changes occuring

I haven't blogged for ages, mainly due to the weather and it being too hot to be gardening and the fact I am doing the Millionstep Challenge raising money for Diabetes UK and I'm totally cream crackered!

Anyway a quick up date on whats been going on....

We have had a major falling out with the neighbours over their fence.

This is the lower part which is over 25 years old, if you remember they replaced the top part earlier this year, as promised back in January. Since putting their house on the market and selling they thought they could move without finishing the job and leaving it to the new people. Which after a bit of research we found out they couldn't, without declaring it in the legal paperwork. So after coming round and giving us mouthfuls of verbal abuse, my husband remaining remarkably cool and knowing we where in the right, the fence is being replaced Tuesday and the neighbours no longer talk to us!!!

My Arid bed, has loved all the hot weather

but is slowly falling apart

to the extent that it is likely to fall apart very soon

and the gravel is gradually pushing the wood further and further out

until it is hanging on by a few nails

how it is still together I have no idea, but having propagated a rare banana Ensete Hiniba these are just a few of them,

I didn't get as many as I had hoped, but

enough to raise funds to repair the Arid bed. The work on the bed starts Monday. I shall post again later this week to show the finished result.