Posted: 01/10/2012 at 11:28
Thank you Lavendar Lady for helping to inspire me. I moved into my home in Ross on Wye at the end of January this year. All the back garden was covered in weed suppressant and then covered in bark. As you can imagine taking off this and lifting the suppressant was a big job. All the soil was compacted, very claggy and full of bind weed roots. I have done about half and planted up two borders, made a small wild life pond, put in a greenhouse and managed to grow some veg!! We are now waiting for an extension and when that is done will concentrate and designing the rest. I will post some before and after pictures at a later date. My type of gardening is mainly cottage style. We have lovely views but the garden is lower than the house and mainly south east facing, so although I want trees I do not want to spoil the view or take too much shade from the garden. I have been seriously considering a pergola, and seeing yours had made my decision to go ahead and do it.
Once again it is a pleasure to see what you have achieved. Just wish you lived closer as I do not know any keen gardeners in this area.