Five out of seven ain't bad...

30 September, 2012

Alas, tomorrow I have to go back to the working world after my lovely week off, but I can go back with a sense of pride.

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:
  1. Extend veggie garden beds - done
  2. Finish raised beds in orchard - done
  3. Finish gravel paths - done
  4. Make potted herb garden in veggie garden corner - done
  5. Fix lattice supports for pear espalier - done
  6. Revamp nature strip - not even attempted
  7. Get compost delivered and spread around yard - would have been nice, but meh, you can't have everything.
I am a bit of a sayings person, and one of my favourites is "Aim for the moon, for even if you miss you will land amongst the stars." Or it's something along those lines. I can't even remember who the quote is from, but I feel like for this week it's pretty apt. I didn't quite get everything done I would have liked, but I got reasonably close and I feel I've achieved a lot. To have done everything on the list would have meant I couldn't have read the books I read, or gone to the movies, or any of the many R&R related things I did. And I don't regret any of that.

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.


  1. Those beds look great. Am a wee bit envious...

    1. Cheers. I know what you mean, I get garden envy all the time. The grass is always greener...

  2. Well done Bek. Very productive and your garden looks great.

    1. Thanks. I can't wait for it to be a bit more established, but it just takes time.

  3. Wow, huge effort! I am sure that your orchard will benefit. What did you use to join your wooden frames?

    1. I used sturdy metal corner things - yes, that is the technical term :) - that the lovely people in the big green shed assured me would be last forever. For the not 90 degree edged I used very flimsy metal corner things that I previously used for the veg patch and I recycled when I extended the beds, as I was able to overlap and bend them into a suitable angle. I have no idea if they will last.

  4. Super impressive stuff. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the produce those beautiful new beds produce.

  5. Wow! Oh my goodness you and your gloves probably need to go back to work for a rest. I can't wait to see this garden grow. Fantastic work