In November 2009, half my back garden was bush and half was very out -of-condition lawn.
Now, the bushes have been removed – I dug the last one up just before Christmas 2011 – and more than half the lawn has been turned to provide nutrients for the soil or covered in carpet for the duration of the last winter.
In place of the bushes, there is an apple tree, a rhubarb plant and a variety of vegetables, all growing with some success. I think it is going to take some time to add enough organic matter to make this part of the garden really productive. But then it could just as easily be the slimline layer of top soil that needs to be remedied.
Nonetheless, I am still excited about planting seeds and wondering if they will grow, how much they will produce. In fact, as I am very much a novice gardener, I don’t even know what to expect the first shoots from the seeds to look like. Is that lettuce or is it a weed?