Get Digging!

I love my garden, seriously love it. When we moved in it was a 70ft x 35ft suburban, ex-council rectangle of:

  • antiquated buxus hedges
  • a dangerous greenhouse
  • a random brick base for, I suspect, a long-gone shed
  • a concrete path leading to <shudder> a concrete washing line

and that was basically it. Oh, and a hell of a lot of broken glass. Six and a half years later and we're still picking bits out of the flowerbeds. First thing to go, before we'd even done anything to the house, was the path and washing line. I blogged about the transformation back in May 2011, linking it up to The Gallery.

I drew a plan, to scale, and laminated it.

Hubby dug, I directed. I weeded, he moved stuff. We had some fabulous barbecues and parties in the garden, I grew copious amounts of vegetables, I lost copious amounts of brassicas due to a vengeful cabbage white butterfly. Everything  panned out almost as I wanted it to.

One area that has been neglected significantly is the vegetable patch and herb garden. Over the last year, I've had to remove half the railway sleeper defined vegetable patches to create more play space for The Boy. I had another go this year at growing vegetables, confident in my previous success, but my seedlings died when I went away on holiday. The herb garden was going great guns, until the fence against it was blown down in a gale, and it crushed the rosemary bush, thyme plant and the coriander. When my dad replaced the fence panel, he put pay to the remaining rosemary bush, so that all that is there at present is an overgrown lavender bush.

I'm not painting a good picture am I?

For a keen gardener it's quite distressing.

Therefore when Bosch contacted me and asked me if I'd like to take part in a competition to transform part or all of my garden, I jumped at the chance. During the two months that I have to complete the challenge I will receive support from Bosch Lawn and Garden, GreenThumb lawn care, and Best4Plants in the form of garden equipment, lawn treatments and plants for the areas I'm making-over.

There are eleven of us 'competing' for the prize of a day with leading gardening expert Helen Yemm and two tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012.

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  1. says

    ooh good luck with this, sounds fun! We have Greenthumb treat our lawn…they come 4 times a year, ever since we had an infestation of Leatherjackets…they are really good & we usually have a green weed free lawn….except with the lack of rain it wasn't so green when you saw it!!

  2. says

    I'd love to have our garden landscaped. It's a huge expanse of grass, hedges and mature trees and I'd love an ornamental pond, rockery and lots of roses. To manage a big garden and veg patch inthink you definitely need to be green fingered, something I'm sorry that I'm not.

    Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing your fabulous garden.
    CJ xx

  3. says

    Glad to be up against some good competition, I don't know about you but it has got me thinking a lot more about my back garden.
    May the best man win, and even if we don't let's clink glasses at the end and wait for the Spring :D

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