Considering yesterday’s post was pretty morbid, depressing and not at all uplifting, I thought today I’d share with you a little project that I’m going to be working on this year. Given that spring is round the corner and life is popping up in all manner of colour and greenery, it’s the perfect time to think about what I’m going to do with our back garden.
This is it in it’s current state of neglect. A long patchy lawn, with poor, gravely soil, an annoying grassy border and a trampoline frame that has rusted so much, that I can’t get it apart to remove it. I must admit, when we moved in last year, it looked even worse. It was overrun by tree stumps, thorny shrubs and all manner of weeds, so it’s come a long way, but I still feel that it’s being neglected and going to waste, when it could be put to much better use.
Therefore with some gentle encouragement from An Exeter Mum, sparked by her potato chitting post, and some discussion with The Beef and my Father, we’re embarking on a gardening adventure, for the not-so green-fingered.
To begin with, we’re going to make our own raised beds for that hard to mow, grassy border, with the aim of having somewhere for the Hobbits to get their hands dirty and grow their own veg. I think it’s so important in this day and age of huge, domineering supermarket chains and convenience food, that we show our offspring where food comes from. I’m far from having a green thumb, but even if we can grow just one blooming carrot, hopefully it will sow the right kind of seeds in their impressionable little minds.
Eventually I want to make a play area at the bottom of the garden, where it’s fairly shaded and flat. But for now the raised beds are our pet project and who knows, perhaps it could be the start of a healthy family hobby!
I’m going to keep my blog updated with our progress, so keep your eye out to see how we get on!