However, my garden has really been getting me down. For various reasons – both time and emotional related – I have let it go this year, and it is currently a jungle. I was contemplating when I would next have time to sort it out, and then thought how hard would it be to really sort it out – i.e. give me a garden I really want.
So I have engaged a garden designer (who has just been, measured and gone) to see what can be done, and roughly how much it will cost. It isn’t going to cost me a lot for his draft plan, and then I can decide if I want to go ahead.
Meanwhile, in the “have a dog and wag my own tail” area, I decided yesterday that I should at least write up some notes for the guy when he came today. My notes turned into a scruffy diagram, and then because I can’t draw, I went looking for a simple online garden design webpage. The result is below, and really helped in today’s discussion with the designer.
Whereas at present, my garden is roughly split into two width-ways – with the vegetable beds at the bottom of the garden, and the “me area” at the top; the new plan splits it length-ways. The advantage of this is that it moves all of the vegetable beds out of the shadow of the fence/garage, and into the sunshine.
It also moves my original raised bed away from the area behind my garage. At present that area is accessed through a single path-width gap between the bed and the garage, which is often overgrown with nettles. Opening it up will give me access to an area very suitable for siting a permanently covered BBQ area.
Around the raised beds will be either gravel, woodbark or similar, with pavers forming a path. The social area shown as paved may actually turn out to be decked, which allows for better water drainage.
Now to wait to see what the designer comes up with!