I set up this blog in April 2012 as a document of how I’ve been transforming my garden since I bought my house in November 2009. Before that time I had no idea I would find gardening an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I had been thinking purely in terms of my daughter and I having some outdoor space of our own, rather than being restricted to days out to be outside.
Then something happened. I tried very hard to follow the advice of a colleague, who suggested I wait 12 months before doing anything in the garden, so that I knew exactly what was in it and what I wanted to keep or remove. Well, I did try. And I bought some compost and a potato growing kit, so that I could be doing something while I waited patiently for November 2010.
Thing was, I really didn’t like the bushes at the back of the garden. Or rather, the bushes that occupied the half of the garden that wasn’t lawn. The picture below was taken in the summer of 2010 and shows what I mean… unfortunately, I had already started digging before this was taken but it still shows the garden much as I bought it (minus the Wendy house, donated by my sister and used as a shed by me).
I had always known the bushes would have to go and once I started digging, plans for what to do next started to formulate. The new space became the vegetable patch, while I then got rid of the lawn. Now that has happened and I am in the process of converting the vegetable patch into an ornamental garden, whilst the veggies move down to the area which used to have the lawn.
I did have an allotment for a short time as well but unfortunately that proved to be an unsustainable idea in more ways that one. It was basically meadow which I needed to turn into cultivatable land – and I lived over ten miles away. So, now I can once more concentrate on my back garden and be truer to my ideals of living a more sustainable lifestyle.
My aim is to find a way of getting the most food out of my garden as possible, whilst still making it pretty and attractive to wildlife, including bees. The soil has improved since I took it on – no doubt so have my gardening techniques! I am also learning about what I can and what I can’t grow. And above all else, as I learn my ideas evolve…..
All in all, this is an interesting journey – maybe with no final destination?
© Helen Butt, June 2014
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priceofliberty: Man replaces lawn with vegetable garden, holds… (priceofliberty.tumblr.com)
I fully endorse the actions of the man whose work is detailed in the tumblr post above. Grass is good for playing sport on but there is nothing like growing and sharing………….