After many years of helping other people with their gardens I finally have the opportunity to design my own space. As this is my first tweet in some time I thought a series of tweets about the start to finish of my own garden will give you a good idea of how the design/build process goes.

 2012 saw me buy my first home and the restoration has taken over my life ever since, as this draws to a close I am looking at my garden. At the moment its an uninspiring mess filled with all the rubbish removed from the house.

 As the pictures will show there is now a hastily erected poly tunnel to house all the plants I am growing, and to protect the plants that came with me, from the winter weather.

 I am a firm believer that winter is the best time to examine your garden and identify its faults as its summer frock is removed and all is laid bare.

 Try to remember what worked for you and what really didn’t for example my garden has a steep slope next to the drive covered in brambles and nettles. It also has a drive separating the two parts to the garden.

Although moving the drive is not an option I will be designing ways of integrating the garden and bringing the two areas back together. Solving the slope issue should be a relatively easy area but will that be my ‘famous last words’ as is so often the case with ‘easy areas’.

 Most of the garden is in full sun for the majority of the day and there are several large trees so the soil is dry and not only that but dig further than a foot down and it becomes almost pure sand.

 There are a couple of shady areas, these are also dry, under trees and next to the shed. I will be blogging about the best plants for all these areas.

 So the main challenges will be

1: The drive is a shared access and needs work so no large delivery vehicles or skips

2: The oncoming winter

3: The poor soil conditions

4: The mountain of rubbish

5: A car port to remove and replace with unsightly new oil tank.


The main benefits are

1: The view to the back of a large country garden

2: The backdrop of trees as well as my own very old Walnut tree

3: A good sized garden with very different areas

4: A nice sunny space

5: A blank canvass 🙂

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