When I’m feeling that it’s all too hard and the garden still looks scrappy, I get my photos out to remember how far we’ve come.
My body is screaming for a rest but, since I got back from South Africa in December, there has been such a lot still to do in re-setting up my garden. Some readers may not know that I’m working on our sloped site which was severely damaged 9 years ago by the earthquakes in Christchurch.
The rebuild has been a very long, complicated process – finally the end is in sight.
I’ve been doing a lot of ground levelling and clay soil conditioning on the cleared ground down the sides of the house in order to plant.
Our new, more sustainable home, was completed end of 2019, and I’m thrilled with it. For a year though it is the workspace of the architect but I have access to the site to set the garden up around the building. (I started the back edible garden two years ago before the actual build.)
So out come some old photos
The other side
Disappointingly I’m not able to plant the right side of the house up this autumn. The soil is not compliant enough and I don’t want to risk losing plants … or damaging my back. Instead I’ve set up a large compost area surrounded by straw bales.
This serves a number of functions:
- Gives my body respite this season from more hard physical work 🙂
- The bales have been placed how I imagine the design layout to be so it’s working as a great visual
- I can load it with organic matter from our autumn/winter clear up of the top garden
- I’ll have loads of yummy compost for the lower garden … and I need LOADS!
- Once I use up all that compost, hopefully the ground underneath will be more compliant for planting of blue berries, black currants and gooseberries. If not a raised bed will be constructed.