Those jobs that provide instant gratification
If you caught our post 'The tales of a bumbling gardener' then you will know the story, but, in short, our garden needed a makeover.
It was not a wilderness (okay, in places, it was), but a lot of hard work would be needed to restore it to past glories, and we want to take it further.
Therefore, experience has taught us that to tackle the big tasks; we need to break them down into smaller pieces; otherwise, nothing gets done.
See immediate benefits in your gardenYou need to be able to see progress.
It does not take much to walk around our garden to generate a list of jobs that needs to be done. In fact, I could step onto the patio, look out from the conservatory, or even the view from the kitchen sink, to produce half a dozen items that need to be done.
So that was our motivation; let's see the improvements from day one. It created our first task list.
From the kitchen window, we needed to trim the climbing rose and train it around the Rose Arch entrance to the raised beds.
On the patio, we need to trim the bay tree, and I agreed the faux brickwork needed a jet wash (My idea that letting it age would make it look more natural failed)
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Motivation for your ultimate gardenLet's start turning the corner
So it is all well and good to make lists, but you really need to start tackling those tasks.
The Rose Arch took about 20 minutes; if only I had taken a before and after shot. But now, when I look out of the kitchen window I don't think "oh that needs doing", and then my mind gets bogged down with all the other work needed in the garden. It is just, "what's next on the list?"
The patio was a priority from the start. It usually is our entrance to the garden, and where we can sit and enjoy our garden.
Well, we could have if we had not let the bay tree we had planted get out of control! It became a barrier to the garden. In an ideal world, it would extend not more than 6 - 12 inches or 15cm - 30cm above the BBQ.
We actually gave it a significant snip last autumn, but was worried about being too harsh.
We moved our old battered cold frame that had sat neglected on our courtyard patio to the working area of the garden. We then upcycled this, and it's now in use as a log store.
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