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13/10/2013 at 18:11

Hi all, In the Summer I decided it was finally time to 're-do' my small front garden and drive.  The 30 year old crazy paving layed by the previous owner was beyond repair and the wood (cut from a fallen Ash tree about 15 years ago) which supported my raised beds had finally rotted away.  On other threads I promised to post some before and after pics, so here they are.

Before:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32396.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32397.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 During:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32398.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32399.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 After:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32400.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32401.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32402.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 I put 2 layers of weed membrane down followed by 2 layers of landscaping fabric to proect against puncture by the blue slate chippings.  Next door is infested with ground elder, so needed to make sure that doesn't find its way into my new beds (but it probably will, eventually!)

13/10/2013 at 18:16

Bob - if I had a hat on - I'd take it off to you. Most impressive! 

What are you intending planting in the lovely new beds?

Once you've recovered from the shovelling!

13/10/2013 at 18:21

Very impressive must have been a lot of hard work, but it looks lovely

13/10/2013 at 19:01

Bob, that looks fabulous, love the blue slate, really makes the beds stand out. Don't think the ground elder will dare to trespass!

13/10/2013 at 19:07

Well done, Bob. What an incredible difference. Thanks for showing us the photos.

13/10/2013 at 19:17

Looks fab, all the hard work has paid off, Those planters look great, and the shape of the hedge is very impressive.

13/10/2013 at 19:23

In the style of "Strictly"...fab.... u......lus.

13/10/2013 at 19:48

Very impressed mate excellent job, what do you intend to plant in the beds near the front door Bob

13/10/2013 at 20:02

Bob, knew you were a knowledgeable plantsman but these photos were well worth waiting for.  Top respect.  Love the slate.  The whole thing looks brilliant.  I too would like to know what your planting plans are.  And the trellis?  Ideas yet?  How did you "sort" your soil?  What mix?  

Got to say I'm impressed with the quality of preparation too. For me, its the most important part but most people shortcut it.  

13/10/2013 at 20:12

Really nice Bob,love the way that you designed it,really creative

15/10/2013 at 18:47

Thanks for all the kind comments everyone!

As for plants, that's where the real fun starts isn't it!

I have a couple of clematis in mind for the bed below the trellis and might try a semi-exotic fruit tree in the one by the door - in the existing bed there is already a peach which does well as the front of the house is South-facing.  Lots of bulbs will be going in first (well, they will if the blummin' things ever arrive - still no sign of them from VM!) Also fancy a weeping cherry in the centre of the large bed.

The soil was bought from rolawn - half is their fruit and veg mix (which had a lot of what looked like very well rotted horse manure in it) and half is their border mix.  As you say Verdun, prep is itally important - one thing I've learnt over the years about both DIY and gardening is that money and time spent on preparation always pays back far more thank you realise - a £10 plant in a £10 hole will do far better than a £20 plant plonked in an unprepared hole!

15/10/2013 at 21:02
Only just spotted this thread - love it Bob - what a great job!
21/10/2013 at 10:29

just fab bob

21/10/2013 at 10:46

Yes, lovely job - well done Bob.

21/10/2013 at 12:05

Brilliant results for all the hard work Bob!

(Your raised beds by the front door look about 2ft high x 4ft long - roughly how much soli/compost would it take to fill one of these? Never been very good at calculating this sort of thing!)

 

21/10/2013 at 12:09

Looks really good Bob, think you've done a great job Like the blue slate as well

21/10/2013 at 14:32

Maybe a white flowerimg almond Bob?  Saw an avenue of these and they looked sensational 

Yep time amd money spent on preparation is the key to thriving plants    Love to see a picture when plamts are in

21/10/2013 at 14:33

Maybe a white flowerimg almond Bob?  Saw an avenue of these and they looked sensational 

Yep time amd money spent on preparation is the key to thriving plants    Love to see a picture when plants are in

21/10/2013 at 15:03

Dolgarrog - I've been building some raised beds too and one is more or less complete and filled. It's around the same dimensions- about 2x4' and I've used a couple of bags of soil and two large bags of compost (125l each) plus a few containers of spent compost from the tomatoes and sweet peas (maybe another 70l?) and I'd say about another 70l worth in the plants I've put in - one plant was in a large pot- 15' diameter. Plus some grit.

In other words - quite a lot! About 8/10 'normal' (70l) sized bags of soil/compost I'd guess.

I'm sure there's a way to work it out though!  

21/10/2013 at 16:19

many thanks fairygirl!  I'm glad you put it in 'compost bag' amounts - I can visualize that!  (& the hard graft to come filling it in!!) xx 

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