The fencing and gating is coming on. All the posts are in place but it took him a while to dig the holes because the gas supplies to the various houses haven’t been buried deep enough and he had to make sure he didn’t fracture a pipe. Once the posts were in he was able to measure the panels to the exact sizes, although he kept them to a standard 6 foot where he could.
We talked about it and decided to make the totally private 14′ square part of the garden into a kind of courtyard, by taking the fence to the full 6′ height all the way around. I wondered at first about blocking out the sun, but the whole purpose of this fencing is to make the garden private and while I get on fine with the only neighbour that needs access across my land, he may not be there forever and he does have a big dog that could spook visitors.
And, okay, I wanted it to be private.
Once it’s all flagged I’ll start to collect pots and containers more seriously and my first job will be to re-pot and prune the 2 apple ballerina trees. Then the one and only major purchase, produce-wise, will be a grape-vine. I found one for less than £15, which is about £15 cheaper than I thought it would be, but it will need a large pot, which will be expensive. Especially if I go for a Versailles-style one.
Then the rest of it, for now, will be whatever containers I can get hold of – I have a galvanised aluminium watering can and a galvanised aluminium preserve pan to start me off, and a large plastic box with drainage holes already in that will do for potatoes. I also have 3 re-useable bag-type containers. There’s a potato kit I can buy for £9 but anything else will be whatever comes free on the front of a magazine.
There’s a packet of sweet pea seeds on the front of a magazine that will be out on Friday, I already have tomato and carrot seeds, and I’ll see what else I can scavenge.
Flagstones and grape-vine first, though.
Ooh, it’s all exciting … 🙂