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My first garden, work in progress (lots of pics)...

Gardener NeilGardener Neil Posts: 16
edited April 2018 in Garden design
We moved in to our house 18 months ago and seen one summer pass. The garden is well established and the previous owners obviously took pride in it...

(Estate agent pics)

we love the garden but know nothing about gardening. 

The sheds had to go and a veg patch in the corner needs tidying up, it was over grown so I moved these tomb stones to create a raised bed and added a central path..

(raspberries on the right...

From watching youtube I've thinned and tied up the raspberrys as last harvest they were wild and crazy, but we did get more raspberries/blackberries than we could eat, even made jam for first time..

(They are better now than this pic, this was mid-tidying up)

From putting in a new shed and shifting a foot of soil about 3m squared to reveal a hidden concrete base which I put the shed on, we had an area that needed something doing to it...


So we came up with this which I built, (we have a 3 and 4 year old and wanted them to get used to growing thier own food, and playing outside...

So far in the new raised bed I transplanted strawberries from the other veg patch area, we'll see how that goes.

Next mission is making a path into the veg patch area and get planting in there.

It's quite exciting. 

Thank you, 


  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,468
    Looks like you have the gardening bug now Neil!  And growing your own food is so satisfying and tastes so much better! Love the kids area you have made, I'm sure is going to bee well used and often! Lots of friendly knowledgeable people on this site with advice or answers to questions and encouragement. Keep posting the progress pictures!
  • FireFire Posts: 17,307
    I think you had asked before about the raspberry patch and the raised bed around the tree. Last month? I'm glad it worked out in the end.
  • Great woodwork Neil, made a great change in that corner where the shed is,..lovely to see the before and after of that corner.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,963
    That looks amazing!  What a fun cook station you've made for your children too.  (Thank you also for resizing the images for viewing en mass.) 
    Utah, USA.
  • Thanks all. It's all a learning curve and loads of help from this forum which is great! 😁
    Thank you, 
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    Great work done looks fabulous. ....thanks for sharing 
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,390
     Brilliant ......I want a potting bench like that  :D
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,316
    chicky said:
     Brilliant ......I want a potting bench like that  :D
    Well when the kids have grown up, by which time Neil will so have got the bug...that was my thought exactly  :)

    Great diy skills Neil, inspiration to us all.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Managed to crack on with the veg patch to maximise space for growing...


    Need to level it out then turn the soil over with compost.
    Thank you, 
  • Very neat work,..that soil looks pretty good and dry,..gosh i nearly have backache looking at how you have progressed with all of that heavy work as those slabs are pretty heavy,..well done Neil.
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