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For the last couple of years I’ve been thinking that at my age I really don’t need two g’houses, luckily the new neighbour said he would like one, I said he could have mine for nothing as long as he removed it, trouble is I’d already planted it up with tomato’s so he’s had to wait, as many of you know our fencing was desperate for new posts, for many months replacing them had to go on hold due to the curfews put in place this year, between us we decided the easiest way to move the g’house, from my garden to his was to take the fence panels out of the way,….


Last week we decided the time was right to get both g’house and the fence fixed whilst the weather was good, neighbour had already prepared the base, no way could hubby or I cope with getting the rotten posts and old concrete out, he said he’d help mend the fence as a thankyou as we refused payment for said g’house, I cleared the remaining tom’s, they can continue to ripen in a tray in the bottom house, pulled the plants out and then helped my neighbour to remove the glass, (not a nice job and we ended the day with very sore fingers) without the glass its surprising how light the frame was, we removed the fence panels, then the three of us picked it up and carried it through the gap into next door..Piece of cake when one is determined, lol…

Just look at all that space I now have to play with…

Whilst my hubby and the neighbour sorted the fence, which was not easy as the remains of the rotten fence posts and the old concrete took them hours to remove, I made a start clearing the granite that I’d had as a centre path in the greenhouse, I also discovered the concrete footings that we had the g’house sitting on, the wood above it was not a problem as it had rotted over the years, still have a lot of earth and granite to remove but it looks better already…


I know exactly what I’m going to do there but that is for another blog, lets just say I have a picture in my mind, I just hope it all comes to plan….

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nice work , always good to have a fresh start and create new space. It looks a promising area to work with and sure it'll be good whatever you choose to do , look forward to seeing what becomes

14 Sep, 2020

 

These large changes in the garden always seem like a good idea in the planning, but are always a pain to execute and take longer than you think, usually. But the end result looks like a good one and now you can sit back and make plans. How lovely to have a helpful neighbour!

14 Sep, 2020

 

That is one nice area to 'play with'. I will watch the developments with interest.
its lovely when neighbours help each other out. both in a win - win situation.

the wood our frame sits on has rotted away it now sits on the concrete footings.

14 Sep, 2020

 

I know to my cost that taking the glass out of a greenhouse is not an easy job. I broke as many panes as I saved! I can't wait to see what you end up doing with your new space.

14 Sep, 2020

 

Sue, have your new neighbours inherited the garden with all the weeds?!! Sounds as though they are keen to garden and will make good use of your greenhouse. Looking forward to seeing how you develop the new area ... :o)

14 Sep, 2020

 

You are going to have so much fun,and enjoyment,in planning all that new gardening space,Sue :o),It's great to have a project to get your teeth into, and I bet you can visualise it already .I think we all need a step by step account with photo's please !! Lol

14 Sep, 2020

 

Have to agree with the others, you’ll enjoy undertaking a new project, Lincslass! Quite exciting isn’t it! It’s also lovely when neighbours help out, we have this community spirit here too. It’s really quite supportive.
Look forward to seeing your lovely garden when this is planted up.

14 Sep, 2020

 

Thankyou Paul, I know exactly what I'm going to do, the earth I'm going to be planting in is all very good as its had fresh new compost worked into it for many years.....

14 Sep, 2020

 

Anget I'm eager to get on with it, I don't hang about when my mind is made up, hoping to get the major work done whilst the weather is good, fingers xx.

14 Sep, 2020

 

Seaburn I'm now sure it was only the built up earth in my tomato beds that kept said g'house secure, all of the wood was completely rotten, once the glass was out we just picked the frame up, lol, I had forgotten how much concrete was underneath for the footings though, no way is it coming up, I'm going to have to disguise it with spreading plants....They are good neighbours, plus they have teenagers and a new baby, I get to have the pleasure of watching another family grow up..

14 Sep, 2020

 

Waddy I was dreading taking the glass out, I also had the pleasure of helping Matt put it back in again, all sorted, it helps that he is a tall chap unlike us, now he gets to play away to his hearts content...

14 Sep, 2020

 

Shirley that is the very garden, it was a nightmare when they moved in, plus we had all those months of rain, he dug two veg patches just to see whether anything would flourish, got a very good crop of potato's and his carrots are doing well, we did a swap, my tomato's and cucumbers in exchange for potato's and a bag of carrots, fair exchange no robbery...

14 Sep, 2020

 

Sandra you know me so well, yes !!!, I can see it in my mind , lol...
I've been out tonight working on it, I was very good and made sure I did my housework first today, then it was too blooming hot so had to retreat indoors, working the other way round tomorrow...

14 Sep, 2020

 

Kate we couldn't wish for better neighbours, both sides are lovely people, we're the pensioners and they really looked out for us as regards shopping when things went topsy turvy..
You're right about having a project Kate, I enjoy working on something different, doesn't happen here very often as my garden is well established, this year I wasn't able to help my son and youngest daughter either for obvious reasons.....

14 Sep, 2020

 

I'm glad you're making the garden easier to look after Sue, less work is what we need now as we get 'older' I can't keep up with it like I used to.
I am wondering what you're going to do with the extra space you've got and shall look forward to finding out in a future blog :)

15 Sep, 2020

 

I always find that 1 job done leads to 6 more in waiting. lol. Nice to see you online Linclass. Congratulations on clearing those huge projects from your 'to do' list. You must be relieved.

16 Sep, 2020

 

Really looking forward to seeing what happens next to that plot of land waiting for your magic touch
Your neighbour must be delighted with his new greenhouse too. It means a lot to have good, friendly neighbours.
Enjoy your project.

16 Sep, 2020

 

Hywel I've come to my senses at long last, lol, caring for two g'houses was a lot of work for me, I would never have been able to resist filling them up, this is a lot of work at the moment but won't be once its finished....

16 Sep, 2020

 

Hiya Paul, hope all is well with you...
I'm enjoying this project, its right what you say though, the one job has ended up being bigger than was originally planned, all down to me, I keep thinking up ways to make it look good, no way can I get the footings out without killing myself or paying somebody to do it for me , so I had a "Susie Moment " decided to leave it where it is and incorporate it into my plan, it will all work out in the end,
LOL.
I don't change many things in my garden these days, that's why I don't do as many blogs, they would all be repeats of other years, I'm usually about though , I still like to see whats going on in Goyland....

16 Sep, 2020

 

Thanks W'rose its all exciting, keeping me occupied outside in the lovely weather, making hay whilst the sun shines so to speak..
He is pleased I gave him my g'house, bit less grass to cut, the garden was like a field when they moved in but he's getting there, certainly a lot different now, we had a deal, he helped to fix our fence as a thankyou for said g'house, neighbours can be tricky at times but we've always been lucky and have never experienced problems, long may that continue...

16 Sep, 2020

 

Sue, that sounds like bartering to me ... a great thing to do in my opinion! Well done to him for tackling the weeds ... :o)

16 Sep, 2020

 

Well done! Looking forward to seeing future blogs

16 Sep, 2020

 

I am looking forward to what you will be doing Sue!
We have just ordered another green house as last year and this year , the green house was damaged by storms so it has to go! It was only a poly carbonate one . This time it will be one with strengthened glass and a lean to one to secure it to the house wall.

17 Sep, 2020

 

Shirley he cannot drive so often asks my hubby to run him places, the fence protects their dogs as much as it does ours so needed fixing, one of theirs is a right monkey, an escape artist, it was definitely win, win situation, he appreciated my help with the greenhouse, as much as we appreciated him digging the old concrete out for the posts, we haven't yet decided which of us is growing the tomato's for next year, lol.........There is an area right down the bottom of the garden underneath the hawthorn that is in a terrible mess, I've never known it to be cleared in over 40yrs, he has cut it down and now turning it into a wild meadow but otherwise he is doing okay....

17 Sep, 2020

 

Thanks Balcony, hope you and your wife are keeping well, a very strange year we are experiencing, how is your balcony doing this year, I have seen any photographs...

17 Sep, 2020

 

Good for you Rose, I like the leanto ones, I know I gave one away but wouldn't want to be without a g'house completely, we gardeners need somewhere to play when its not suitable outside, lol....I've now reached the good part , planting it all up...

17 Sep, 2020

 

Sue, how I would love to have the space for a wild meadow ...

17 Sep, 2020

 

Shirley I saw a photograph yesterday, a lady in one of my gardening groups on FB put it on, they only sowed the seeds this year and it is an absolute picture, mind you she has an acre to spare as well as her ordinary garden, something we can only dream of....

17 Sep, 2020

 

Sue, there's nothing finer than to see a wild flower meadow in full bloom, well that's my opinion!

When we were away we saw signs along the A4, between Hungerford and Marlborough, telling folk of plans to plant the roadside verge:

West Berkshire Council’s plan to line rural roads with beautiful wild-flowers is set to become a reality.

A trial to encourage wild flowers along sections of the A4 has started and is the first stage of a larger project to create more wild flower verges in certain locations across the district.

“Wildflower verges are not only attractive to road users, but could potentially have significant ecological and environmental benefits. They would not only support crucial pollinators and biodiversity, but would also protect species threatened by climate change and habitat loss.”

In the first year, the council will monitor growth on the A4 verges to assess where there are existing natural areas of wildflower populations and which areas have the potential to be managed more appropriately to promote wildflowers.

19 Sep, 2020

 

Shirley they are popping up all over aren't they, I think its lovely and as long as they keep the junctions clear for driving I think its a very good idea...

19 Sep, 2020

 

:o))

20 Sep, 2020

 

Flippin' 'eck Lincs, you put me to shame. Only cut back some of my variegated ivy the other day (still loads to do) and felt like I'd run a marathon. I don't like bare fences so it's my own fault and the birds do love ivy. It's all full of flowers now, but any lower flowers have to go. I've lost my camera too, must have tidied it away when expecting a viewing, I've hunted high and low to no avail:-(

20 Sep, 2020

 

Shirley, the local council did something similar here last year only instead of roadside verges they ploughed up VERY long strips in the very centre of the big housing estate (built in the 60s) called Oxmoor here then they sowed wild flower seeds.

There is wide strip of grass with undulating "hills" that stretches more than a mile right through the heart of the estate. In the 60 years since it was created it's never been more than grass but last year that changed. I took lots of photos & no doubt would have made up a blog of two but for being more occupied on flower groups on Flickr.

They did the same in a VERY long park here called Riverside Park (you'll never guess why!) :-D). This park is a couple of miles long so there was plenty of room to sow wild flowers!

They repeated it again this year but instead of wild flowers they sowed more annual flowers - including Sunflowers! But the result hasn't been as good as last year's. :(

20 Sep, 2020

 

It's so good to see local councils are trying their best to increase the wild flowers, can only be a positive thing!

21 Sep, 2020

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