Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Friday 9 October 2009

Pause for an autumn overview

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 1:46 pm

The weather for September has been very dry, and I have taken advantage of it as much as the demands of work have allowed me. The main job has been to stain the greenhouse staging. It has had two coats of wood preserver and three coats of Sadolin Classic on each side, and it will get two coats of Sadolin extra to finish. This may seem a bit over the top, but I wanted a good deep colour and I know that it will be a good many years before I unscrew the staging and stain it again. Two of the shelves have to be stained in the greenhouse because they have power points attached to them, and when it rains, everything inside the greenhouse gets wet. I have not yet worked out why this is – if I stand in the greenhouse when it’s raining, I don’t get any drips landing on my head. It is a good thing I have invested in special outdoor versions of the power points and light switch. It is also a good thing that September has been mainly dry.

Here are two pictures of the garden as it is today:

Right hand corner of the garden taken from an upstairs window

Right hand corner of the garden taken from an upstairs window

Left hand corner of the garden taken from an upstairs window

Left hand corner of the garden taken from an upstairs window

You can see that I have moved the compost bins out of the way to the right hand side of the garden, which will not have any work done on it just yet. I have also taken up the surface of the path next to the raspberry frame. I need to remove the side of the raspberry frame furthest from the fence (the other side can stay for now) and take up the path foundations. I also need to start measuring up and put some markers down to show where the pond and new lawn are going to go. I have just over two months before I intend to get quotes for the work.

The cats are learning. Unfortunately they are not only learning to run like blazes as soon as they see me, but to scrape back the plastic coverings to reveal new toilet opportunities. I think I will have to abandon my makeshift attempts to cover the ground with assorted bits and pieces, and just buy some enormous great sheets of polythene from B&Q or Wickes.

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