Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:29
Thank you Chicky. I've been here since 1990. The house hadn't been lived in for 6 years and then only as a holiday home. It's an old farmhouse. The garden was the old farmyard but the previous people had pulled down the farm buildings and terraced it with 2 dividing walls. It was full of grass, nettles and brambles when we came. The topsoil was very thin as the house is built on rock and the farmyard was under the now lawn.
We had some topsoil delivered and a garden company to turn it into lawn and a professional to make the terrace. I dug all the beds afterwards. They didn't use weedkiller, just rotavated and flattened it so all the bindweed, couchgrass, nettles, brambles etc were still there but broken up into even more plants. Still having trouble with it! The topsoil was rubbish, full of clay,stones and roots. I spent the first winter picking it out before the garden people came in the spring.
The house was a mess too, so lots of work there as well. But I've had 23 years to do it in!