During the summer Barn and I had the great idea of using our time off work to overhaul the garden and do a little decorating in the house. There was an absolute deadline of 13 days for completion of said projects, as on the 14th day we were hosting a BBQ for the day job staff.
In truth it was more my great idea than Barn’s; he was what you might call a reluctant participant in the grand plan, but fair play to him, participate he did, despite some ‘heated debates’ that occurred along the way 😉
As ever with such projects, I somewhat underestimated the amount of work involved; apart from anything else, our gardens (front and back) are infested with bindweed. It’s a despicable plant that lurks around the pretty blooms, stealthily creeping up stems and strangling them to death. Any teeny tiny part of the bindweed plant can regrow and become a new one, and it has spectacularly fragile roots which break into little pieces when they hear the spade approaching.
We also have a couch grass problem; this stuff makes the lawn look like a paddock and, in hyena-like fashion, prowls the flowerbeds, finishing off what the bindweed started.
Using weed killer is not a route I wished to take so every square inch of soil had to be carefully turned over and picked out.
The weather was on our side as we started to hack through the shrubbery and clear out the shameful quantity of accumulated junk*
*Yes, that is an old mattress and a weight bench – doesn’t everyone have these things in their garden? 😉
Some 10-15 years ago the hedge was planted with the intention that through the archway would be a vegetable plot. The best laid plans…