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Garden diary - All change

I know, I've left the garden hanging for a while. When we last saw it, it looked like this:

May 2015

Well. It's been through a few changes since then. For starters, we attempted to rotavate the entire thing. Ourselves. We hired a 45kg rotavator, and spent three days trying to work with that beast. 

Bit unsure

It beat me up a couple of times - we had some issues with the starter motor and I got a lovely whip-cord bruise across and arm, and then it backed me against a fence and took a chunk out of my hand. Clarkie fared a tiny bit better, but it just didn't really seem to want to get to grips with our soil. Three tiring, frustrating days later, and Clarkie had reached the point where hiring someone else to do the rest of the hard landscaping seemed like a really good idea. 

So that was £99 well spent!

We did that, and the contractors we found spent 6 working days (including a pretty ineffectual effort with their rotavator) sorting out our garden. They put in all the paving I had planned, plus a shed base, and our lawn, and... well... They left it like this:

Summer lunch

That's after we'd had a week away and a friend had been watering the lawn. Thanks friend! It's now growing at a rate of knots. Clarkie has an on-going album of the garden development over on Flickr, for those that want to see more. 

They have kindly put their leftover topsoil onto the beds on two sides of the garden. Our topsoil was a bit grim, so that's very helpful. That all happened at the end of July. Since then, we've mostly built a shed - which is no mean feat for two people who are 160cm or shorter - and put some plants in. I don't seem to have a photo of the most recent changes though, so I'll have to post another update soon. We still have a lot to do on the left side of the garden, but getting that lot done has made an enormous difference. Getting the help in wasn't cheap, but it was worth every penny in terms of blood, sweat and tears. 

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