Starting on the garden makeover

Since the fence between my neighbour and I went up on Saturday, I’ve been able to evaluate in context the way I would like my garden to go. It already feels more like a garden, being more enclosed, although a good dose of rain would make it less tired-looking.

I can’t do much while the soil is so hard (the ground needed two washing up bowls of water to enable me to put the final tomato plant in today). However, rain or no rain, I was able to remove the fence right at the end of the garden.

I guess it was put in simply to mark some kind of boundary, although the path behind it is also part of my property, too. In any case, it serves no useful purpose as far as I can see. In fact, it has proven to be more of a hindrance, making it difficult to access the area behind the apple tree.

So, after getting up this morning, the saw came out and without too much effort the fence was soon no more.

Now, when I look down the garden the view is much more pleasing to my eye.

P.S. My neighbour is aware of the stuff on my path and it will be removed in due course.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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19 Responses to Starting on the garden makeover

  1. Better without that trip hazard 🙂

  2. skyeent says:

    That’s looking good Helen, taking the fence down will open up a host of short cuts for you too! Your garden is looking lush despite the dry weather.

  3. Your garden looks fabulous! Well done ..

  4. It’s amazing how removing a small fence can make such a difference. Do I understand correctly that you’re neighbor put in a fence, and you removed one? Different part of the house?

    • Helen says:

      Yes, that’s right. Basically, there was a short fence running round my garden on the east side and the south. My neighbour took out the one on the east, which was between us (replacing it with a new one) and I took down the part at the back on the south side.

      • Got it! I wish I could pop over for a real tour and a cuppa. Maybe someday, Helen.

        I was just admiring your crochet wash clothes this week and thinking of you and your daughter. I hope you are both doing well. What grade will she be in this coming school year?

        • Helen says:

          Yes, it would be lovely to give you a tour, Alys 😊
          Anyway, I had been wondering how you were doing, too. I know you have been very busy. My daughter will be going to high school this autumn – had a four day taster at the end of the last school year and all seems satisfactory. I hope you got your younger son’s college sorted?

          • High school! Oh my goodness she’s grown. For me, the boys high-school years flew by. They’re more independent and busy and somehow that made the time seem to go fast. My oldest son enters his senior year of college in mid September, and my younger son starts his freshmen year in August.

  5. Best of luck to your daughter!

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