Great Garden Plans 2012

Early in 2012, we decided to put the veg beds under cover in order to concentrate on a few projects – like getting the back garden and courtyard sorted. But then, when we thought about it, there were loads of projects and the ideas developed into the great garden plan of 2012. This might seem a bit mad, but I’ve found it’s given some real clarity to my ‘what shall I do now’ dilemma – I’m not just doing the easy jobs, or the most interesting, bt actually approaching it in a planned and measured way.

All great plans need a great planning space and ours is a massive pin board above our dining table. On here go all the lists and layouts, plus some inspirational piccies.

So what’s on these lists? Loads and loads of jobs!

Back garden

  • get it cleared to just grass
  • new gate
  • paint shed
  • remove 4 ash trees
  • new washing line
  • add tree seat
  • plant bulbs

Courtyard garden

  • paint and erect trellis
  • planting around trellis
  • add lights
  • sort out new belfast sink (acquired on Freecycle)
  • remove Sumach and other horrid planting

Polytunnel

  • research, research and more research
  • water harvesting
  • clear old raspberries

Water harvesting

  • repair geranda waterbutt
  • repair herb garden waterbutt
  • repair the shed roof
  • slabs under all butts

Large pond

  • add platform
  • create willow shady spot

Coppicing

  • ash
  • hazel
  • find storage space

Driveway

  • pretty gate
  • remove all ash
  • renovate

Naked garden

  • renovate pond
  • new pond seat

Chook run

  • divide in two
  • new chooks
  • sell old chook house
  • relocate large old house
  • paint two remaining houses

Fruit cage

  • design
  • raised bed style
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • red and black currants
  • rhubarb (not in cage)
  • asparagus (not in cage)

Vegetable beds

  • terracing
  • clear beds
  • edging – chives and calendula

Compost

  • build new bins
  • move compost
  • plant comfrey bed
  • tidy up

I said it was a big plan! This will take a few years, although some of this has already happened and some is well on the way. Next time, I’ll write an update. For now, some pics of the great planning wall:

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