This afternoon’s work on the garden was most productive, and i feel very pleased with what i’ve achieved. I started with the pile in the corner – the mess underneath the bedroom window. There was a plastic picnic table in there, with lots of junk underneath, piles of canes, wood and lots of snails, slugs and creepycrawlies! I decided the best way to do it was to pull it all out, bin the rubbish, keep the rest, clean it and put it all back. Just like you do a kitchen cupboard!

the pile underneath the bedroom window - taken on 23rd February this year

the pile underneath the bedroom window - taken on 23rd February this year

Before very long i’d cleared out all the stuff there, strimmed over the weeds growing in the area, swept the path, and was stacking stuff back in neatly. I had already decided to create an area for me to sit underneath the bedroom window: i used to have such a space when i first started gardening but i needed the space and it didn’t get re-created. But i missed it, and had decided to recreate it – every gardener needs a space they can sit and have a cup of tea and survey their realm and handiwork.

All swept clean

All swept clean

I had also wound up with a big pile of pots and trays – which also got tidied up, stacked neatly and stored under the staging area. I feel all ready for the new season now! I’m OCD enough to take great pleasure out of neatly stacked pots like that (yes, i know, a bit sad). I also put some garden wire along the fence for the honeysuckle to grow up, and, together with Michiel, trimmed the branches that were growing out of the lower trunk of the apple tree – making it rather unsightly. Its much better now.

And finally, i built an arbor – using some of the leftover tubes and struts from the two plastic greenhouses. Its okay – not too sturdy, but i reckon if i steady it with some diagonally placed canes and supports at the bottom, it’ll be strong enough to support sweetpeas and morning glory. I can’t do those cross supports though until i’ve gotten some more garden string – which i’ll get on Thursday from Wilkinsons. And my chair (which i bring out from the house) will go underneath it. And best of all, the bedroom window will still open, and the smell of sweetpeas will drift in.. lovely!

Unfortunately when i was done using the strimmer for the day the piece with the plastic strimmer line in came lose from the base. I may be able to repair it but if not, it looks like i’ll have to buy a replacement… Ah well.

more photos behind the cut. The garden is really coming on now, much tidier, although it still needs lots more work… i can really see the results of all the hard work i’ve been putting in for the last week…

Here you can see all the stuff that was cleared out of that corner...

Here you can see all the stuff that was cleared out of that corner...

and neatly stacked back in...

and neatly stacked back in...

piles of pots and trays...

piles of pots and trays...

and now neatly sorted out and stored, ready for the new season

and now neatly sorted out and stored, ready for the new season

My arbor - itll look better, i think, when things are growing up it!

My arbor - it'll look better, i think, when things are growing up it!

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