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24/06/2013 at 10:32

Macavity, I was able to picture all of that. Lovely 'story'. Very satisfying isn't it.

24/06/2013 at 10:56

Although it's still a work in progress and will be for a while, I have to admit that it's been thrilling this year seeing the progress of what I planted last year.  And last week I cooked my first ever homegrown potatoes and that was truly satisfying - even though, to be honest, I don't much like potatoes

I've been charting my 'progress' over the last year, so this is the garden as it was at the end of April 2012

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26138.jpg?width=320&height=350&mode=max

 This is after addition of some trees, a top border and my 'grave'

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26139.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

and this is early this year.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26140.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 

Still lots to do but considering I work full time and am a very petite woman, I think I've achieved a lot of physical labour in one year and things can only get easier from now on.

24/06/2013 at 11:02

What a change you've made and it looks really great.  Surprising what us 'little women' can accomplish isn't it.  I've shifted 19 bags of rubble from one piece of my garden this year, much to the amazement and amusement of my family. There's life in the old girl yet.

24/06/2013 at 12:42

Great story Macavitythecat 

24/06/2013 at 12:46

The story of how I got into gardening originally is oo long to post on here and I cannot find a link to where it is online......yet.

24/06/2013 at 13:03
24/06/2013 at 16:36

Love your story Mcavity, really made me laugh! Some really enjoyable posts here, so here goes with my story.

I have always had a bit of an interest in gardening and our flat in Cheltenham came with a very large garden. However it didnt get much of a look in for years, as my spare time was taken up with my horse, who sadly passed away 3 years ago now.  I decided not to replace him due to costs and time, but loving the outdoors and being artistic, my blank canvass of a garden was beconing!!

Hubby bought me a mini green house to start with and within a year, I got a second hand "real" one cheap online. He also built me some raised beds for the veggies.The best bit is, hubby, who is an interior designer,

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26178.jpg?width=289&height=350&mode=max

 

has also got the bug and we are finally sharing a hobby. He likes doing all the design and stuctural side and I do all the plants. It has also inspired my Dad, who is 84 to get out in his garden again and we chat for hours about it, which is lovely!

24/06/2013 at 16:42

Looks lovely gina, gardening has definitely brought me closer to my dad also, like you we chat about the gardens and his allotment for hours.

24/06/2013 at 16:53

 

This got me all nostelgic.....................

My Dad was a part time gardener for a 'big house' and he used to take me with him during the holidays - I would turn on the water pot in the middle of the hugh pond and sit and watch the birds 'dipping' - quite magical.  We had a garden at home an an alotement but they were both full of veggies and chickens (well it was the war!) so I knew that when I grew up and hopefully got a husband and a house (got both) I would fill it with plants and a water feature which I did......................

KEF
02/11/2014 at 11:56

I've brought this thread back so that all who want to talk about gardening and the effect it has had on their lives can happily participate

02/11/2014 at 14:13

Thanks KEF, I'd not have known this thread existed otherwise and I think its a fab one  

I've not long been into this gardening malarkey. a few years ago I'd had a foray into growing tomatoes and cucumbers in my garden. Just pottering about really. 

Then I went on holiday to Crete, and where I was staying, they were pretty much self sufficient- grew all their own salad, veg and fruit and I wanted a bit of it, so when we got home, we got straight on eBay to look for a secondhand greenhouse. We got one, and grew tomatoes, chillies and cucumbers. That was last year. 

I put myself on the list for an allotment and in the meantime, I'd taken over quite a large part of my parents garden to grow the things there that I couldn't grow at home, or at least try lol. I'd bought fruit trees, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants and pit them in pots in the garden. Being a rented house, we have to try and be a bit respectful that it's not our garden! 

We went back to crete again this year and got even more addicted. we went in May, having already started growing potatoes in bags on the patio. We had tomatoes, peppers, chillies and cues in the greenhouse. We spoke to the hotel owners at length about all things growing and came home determined to have a better go at it ourselves. 

A week after getting back from crete, I had a phone call from the council asking if I was interested in an allotment still. This was on the Wednesday, I viewed it on the Saturday and collected the keys on Monday! Because it was so "late" in the growing season, I had to plant as I cleared so ended up with all sorts, really quickly, without any proper time to sit and plan anything. 

We have now got a second, smaller greenhouse in the garden, one fully established half plot, another half plot which is in so much better condition than the first one, but can take our time over getting sorted. There will be chickens on this one so they will be the first thing to be sorted and we can work the rest around them. 

Next year, my garden will be a veg free zone and we can concentrate on flowers! Well, that's the plan anyway lol

 

its given me such a different outlook in life. I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. My biggest regret is that I didn't do it sooner! 

02/11/2014 at 14:30

Stopped working in an office at age 61 and then delivered ;leaflets for 4 years , stopped and I needed something to keep fit and meet new friends

02/11/2014 at 14:45

I started many moons ago by being a help or hinderance to my grandfather but still don't  know a lot about a lot  

02/11/2014 at 15:02

I started many moons ago by being a help or hinderance to my grandfather but still don't  know a lot about a lot  I just try to find out by reading garden mags And watching garden programs.  last month my neighbour removed their conifer hedge and put up a fence up one side of my garden so I have been been putting shrubs that I have had in pots into my new border like mad before winter just the witch hazel to go now but I shall have to ask for help to lift that one out of its pot I hope it all looks as good as I hope it will next year.

KEF
02/11/2014 at 17:29

I hope that this thread continues as we have had many new members since it fell off the radar and it's lovely to hear the stories that people want to tell

02/11/2014 at 17:47

Well done to Macavitythecat , very nice looking garden

My parents had a large garden and a big greenhouse , lots of fruit trees so always helped / hindered , Dadalso had an allottment at one time but to be honest I treated that as a great big playground 

Went I had my own houses also found it relaxing from the pressure of work , following early retirement had agreen house built , always wanted a bigger garden so got an allottment which has gone really well

Really nice to see pictures , will put my garden on when off Holiday 

Happy gardening everybody

 

02/11/2014 at 17:52

I was travel sick at about the age of 10. Long story and sadly the full version is no longer available on the Blog site.

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