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Transformations Take Place


By alextb


Now that work has finally finished, here is the completed project.

Those who read my previous blog, may remember that the Council made a deal with me, and in return I would get a free raised bed built for me and they would also supply the topsoil and compost.

Below are the photos:

This part of the garden will remain the same until Summer planting takes place.


Rear Phase 1 is complete

Rear Phase 2 is complete. The new evergreens can be left to it, and only need a yearly prune.


Planned and ready for Council to build the Raised Bed.

The small brown upturned pots will be where the Marigolds will go, once reasonably sized ones are being sold.

The raised bed has been installed.

You can see that work still needs doing. They said that there are gaps caused by the ground not being level and sloping. The men said that the Supervisor and I would need to fill those in.

Filling the bed underway

I went with the lady from the Council (Friday) to a large Garden Centre and purchased 12 25kg bags of Norfolk Topsoil and 3 bags of Westland with added John Innes Compost.

The Compost and Tosoil was put in the Coucnil van by the at a drive-thru collection point.

The bags were dropped off and I was left to fill it and mix the compost with the topsoil.

The bags only filled it 3/4 of the way.

I contacted the lady and she said she finished in half and hour, so she would see if someone could pick up 10 more bags and drop it off on Saturday. This did not happen.

Plans change

Back Row: White with Brown Speckles Foxglove, English Lavender, Rose (colour unknown), English Lavender, White Foxglove.

Middle Row: Pink Fushcia, Lamium “White Nancy”, White Fushcia.

Front Row: Marigolds (when delivered)

The Project Finishes

The Marigolds will be added once they arrive.

The lady from the Council dropped off the last 8 bags today (Monday), and is aware that further bags will be required once the whole plot is watered as the soil will condense a little.

For that reasons I have only watered the plants themselves to stop the soil sinking until I have some more to top it up.

Hyacinths added for a little colour until the Marigolds arrive.

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It's looking good!

17 Mar, 2014


Coming along well Alex, do you take care of the grass in your area as well??

17 Mar, 2014


Well having built 30 raised beds in my time I'd not be happy with yours.
You overcome the slope by levelling first, meaning that part of the bed is below soil level.
Looking at your picture that would mean taking out about 6 " of soil on the right to level it off.
If it looks a bit low after doing this you could add another layer.

18 Mar, 2014


Thanks everyone.

Linclass, no, the Council have a contract with a gardening firm, who cut the grass and prune the bushes on the estate.

Leaf clearing is done by the Caretakers.

Scrumpy, although it is not the best looking raised bed for obvious reasons, there is nothing I could do about it, as it was built for me by the Council, and was not out there when it was done.

I am hoping the Council will at least make it look a little more presentable.

18 Mar, 2014

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