Today, I finally had some space to sort out the front garden.
Earlier in the year, I had started to remove the pebbles from the top of the soil under the window. It was then I realised that the soil would be unlikely to grow anything of substance. It was pebble-ridden clay at its worst.
However, with the back garden being a bigger priority, it is only now that I have taken up the rest of the pebbles. And instead of plastic, I have decided to kill off the annual weeds/mulch overwinter with cardboard.
From a couple of visits to the waste cardboard collection at work, I had accumulated what I thought was a nice big pile of the stuff to do both the front and back gardens. Little did I realise that I would actually ran out, once I turned my attention to the vegetable patch and covered up one of the most unloved parts of it.
So far I have never planted anything there – it was lawn before and has still been used as a thoroughfare to the back gate. This is set to change now that the hawthorn bush is out, though. But for the moment I am quite worn out after all that fresh air (17°C and sunny) this afternoon.
© Helen Butt, October 2014