Welcome to our blog. It will follow the development of our garden from quagmire, after completion of our self-build, to a garden that reflects our eco-friendly principles. We are wanting to create a garden that meets our needs as a family but is also a wildlife friendly zone. Well that's what we are hoping, time will tell if we are successful.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The pond has now turned from red to green, the water levels are quite low with all the dry weather. Unfortunately, our rainwater tank is empty so we would have to put mains water in the pond. We are trying to avoid using mains water as it contains higher levels of phosphorous and nitrogen which would mean that more algae would grow. Hopefully, we will be able to get some waterplants soon but we have decided to wait until the landscaping has been done. Next step landscaping....who's got a digger?
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
We decided that we would tidy up the miscellaneous dried out foliage from last years' pruning and had a bit of a bonfire. We were very careful not to let it get out of hand, but a spark still managed to land on my fleece jacket and melted a hole in it!
You know I mentioned, plan B with the weeds...this is it! A ground cover membrane. Before we laid it down I dug out all the weeds again, for the third time. We decided to stop at that point with the membrane until we have levelled the ground a bit more but I intend to cover the whole vegetable garden so that I can concentrate on growing veggies instead of weeding.
The friendly Robin, that likes to eat while I dig, was most annoyed as all his favourite food is now hidden.
In the battle with the weeds, I also resorted to Round up in a more concentrated form and can now say that I am winning against the ground elder!
There may be another succession of weeds but I feel more in control.
While we were tidying up we discovered a store of nuts, all of them eaten. At least, even though there isn't much in the garden except weeds, the wildlife has found places to hide.
We have buxus balls aligning the path, some dogwood bushes next to the fence and a magnolia stellata tree.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
I did leave a bit of ground elder under a carpet for over a year but as you can see the sneaky stuff still grew, even without sunlight.