Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Monday 9 April 2007

Easter work over

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 3:00 pm

I have spent all four days of the Easter holiday (Friday 6th April to Monday 9th April) digging over the patch of ground in the front garden that used to be planted with shrubs and on which I want to sow some grass seed. I really underestimated that job! One problem was that the amount of builders’ rubble was ridiculous. If they had used all those bricks on my house instead of throwing them on the ground I could have three storeys. The other problem was the roots of the cherry tree. The cherry tree has proved it is definitely alive by springing into white blossom, and I don’t want to kill it, so I have had to dig carefully round the roots, mainly using a trowel rather than a spade. The poor tree has had a hard job growing its roots over so much rubble, and it was sometimes difficult to remove the rubble under the roots – I had to get my hammer and chisel out to split a brick so I could get it out from in between the roots. I also needed my hammer and chisel for an enormous lump of aggregate I still haven’t managed to shift. Maybe I should invest in a pickaxe, which would also come in handy for removing the crazy-paved path.

Although I have damaged the roots slightly with my digging, I think the cherry tree should benefit in the long run because it will have some soft soil to sink its roots into in future. I had better make sure I water it this summer if we have any heatwaves, though.

I have spent about 2-3 hours on each of four days working on this job, and this is where I have got to:

Easter Digging

I have done the bits that are covered with a heap of soil and the hole (obviously) so that leaves me with the bits on the right of the picture. I am hoping they won’t be so bad because there shouldn’t be so much cherry tree root in them.

I would like to carry on and finish the job this evening but I know from experience that too much digging all at once is very dangerous. I am already aching a bit in my right shoulder and upper back and I do not wish to even things up by creating the same effect in my left side and lower back. So I will hope for good weather and do some tomorrow and some more at the weekend if I am lucky.

I’ve just been looking at some of my previous blog entries, and I’ve realised I had completely forgotten about leaving a gap in the paving at the side for the winter flowering jasmine! However, the only point of the winter flowering jasmine was to give me something to look out of the window in the sitting room at, instead of a fence. The neighbours kindly put a low fence panel and a trellis up in that position for that very reason. But often I don’t even bother to open the curtains in that window, since I get so much light from the patio doors, and not having the plant there makes it a lot easier to get things in and out of the side passage. And the winter jasmine never grew very well. I will put it against the fence on the other side of the house. There is plenty of room.

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