My Garden Journey

Landscaping the back garden is an on-going project.  It is taking significantly longer than I originally anticipated.  I had originally hoped to get the whole project done in a year.  That was five years ago...

Winter 2016:




(My apologies for the jerky video) For other video diary entries go to the bottom of the page.

ORIGINAL GARDEN - 2010
Side garden

So what did it look like originally. The old deck (which came with the house) had been laid upside down, was very worn out.  It also had a huge hole in it, which was where a tree had once grown through.  

The fence was a total ramshackle mess.  It had fallen down completely in some sections and the whole length of the fence on the right hand side was covered in English Ivy and Bamboo.  It took a year to remove and kill the ivy (you need to check with your local council to determine how to dispose of this as it isn't always accepted in the green bins).  The fence on the left of the house was replaced before I started the blog.
In front of the shed

Behind the shed

The back garden is my main vegetable garden area.  I couldn't wait to get started on the veg so I actually planted crops before I finished the design bit.  In fact I still haven't even come close to finishing the brickwork between the beds. 
The area around the shed was a real mess.  There were loads of bricks and  boulders and rubbish around the shed and I removed them all to discover a tidy brick path.  I recycled as much as I could.


Deck area
Back Garden
2010-2012
Terrace in back garden

A new deck
Back Garden
Shed area
Behind the shed

A new fence
2012/2013

Deck with furniture
Back Garden
Side garden
Shed area
New garden bed
Brickwork in the back garden
2014-2015
I decided that I wanted to change the structure of the garden a little (well a lot).  The new plan is to reset the side garden bed, make it wider and sturdier and put my fruit trees (citrus and peach) and strawberry runners here.  I intend to replace the whole side path with heavy grey pavers and pebbles too.

The top garden section now has larger, steel raised beds rather than small wooden ones. I cleared the whole area, lifted the existing brick paths and pavers and started from scratch.  











I am also changing the area near the tap and compost bin and paving the entire section.

I am hoping to get this finished by Easter 2016 -.




VIDEO HISTORY
In November 2014 I started a video diary of the garden.  I will upload a new video every season.  The latest video will appear at the top of the page.


Autumn 2016


2015 Spring garden - 1 October 2015



2015 Winter garden - 29 July 2015



2015 Autumn garden - 15 March 2015




2015 Summer garden - 11 January 2015



2014/2015 Summer garden - 23/11/14: