Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:28
gina - you're dead right. I think people are often very naive when it comes to the cost of things. Any hard landscaping is expensive - even if you're providing the labour yourself. If I'd had to pay a firm to do the fence and gates round the boundary of this garden, and the raised beds in the back, it would have cost in the region of three grand. It's not a huge plot either, but the raw materials are dear before you start to factor in labour or anything else. It's probably cost me around £1000, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears - before I did any planting.
I enjoyed the programme well enough - it's people's own ideas and they fund it themselves. It's all a learning curve, and they'll be proud of what they've achieved because they've done it themselves. If they had to do it again, they'd probably do some things differently - I think we all do that. Good luck to them I say.