I did have quite a few tasks I aimed to complete. And I managed to do five out of the seven.
Things to do in the garden:
- Extend veggie garden beds - done
- Finish raised beds in orchard - done
- Finish gravel paths - done
- Make potted herb garden in veggie garden corner - done
- Fix lattice supports for pear espalier - done
- Revamp nature strip - not even attempted
- Get compost delivered and spread around yard - would have been nice, but meh, you can't have everything.
The last tasks I completed today (talk about leaving it to the last minute!) was the raised beds in what I call my orchard, and finishing the gravel paths in that same area. This was the biggest job of the lot, and took up a fair bit of my time. But it was worth it!
My orchard is where the majority of my espaliered apple trees are, my juvenile lime, orange, flat peach, nectarine and avocado trees, my asparagus bed, the grapevine, and a bed of two gooseberries, one redcurrant and one whitecurrant bush.
I didn't take any "before" photos, so this photo is from back in mid 2011.
This is not dissimilar to what it looked like at the start of last week.
After much hefting of wood sleepers, drilling and dragging around buckets of gravel it now looks like this.
To the left is the garage, hence why the beds continue around the corner where I am standing for this shot. I just realised my cat Holly has managed to sneak into the photo. A pity I didn't manage to get a shot of her supervising the staff (me) - i.e. napping while I worked.
This is the view from as far as I could get into the corner.
As you can see there is still much work to be done laying down newspaper and filling the beds with compost (I am definitely a no-dig gardening girl!), but for now it will do. I'm buggered.
Even my gloves have given up.