Thankthecat


About me:We have about an eighth of an acre in North Devon. It has very stony soil and is exposed to the wind that whistles up the valley. I've been here seven years and started from scratch - let's just say the previous tenants weren't gardeners! When I moved in, we removed three full-size skipfuls of broken furniture, car parts, bits of old sheds, etc. There were two or three badly neglected shrubs, beyond redemption, but other than that absolutely nothing. I've divided it into a patio area with herbs and containers, a small cottage-style flower garden, a veg patch, and two other areas awaiting development - we put a wildlife-friendly pond in one of them last year. I'm a bit of an untidy gardener and there are lots of very scruffy bits I haven't got to yet! We live on a very tight budget, so there are areas in which I'd love to make new borders, but I can't afford to plant them up. I continually fail to make anywhere near the amount of compost I need so most of my budget for the garden goes on that! My first planting scheme was devastated by two consecutive winters which were extremely harsh. I lost lots of shrubs and perennials which I had saved hard for, which was heartbreaking. Then I went through a protracted divorce and the garden had to be left to its own devices for nearly three years. So this year I have almost been starting from scratch again. There are lots of bare patches which means keeping on top of weeds takes up way too much time, but I'm getting there, slowly!
more coming soon...