Transformation from mud pile to a terraced garden
Updated: 20:20 - 10/10/2002
Early March it was finally dry enough to get started on. By this time
we had changed our minds from brick retaining walls for the terraces
to pressure treated wooden posts. These we thought would look less
harsh, and also would allow for the curving lines we wanted rather
than straight walls.
Again, because of the time factor, we decided to get Kevin to put the
posts in. He did an excellent job, and did in a week what it would
have taken my husband a month or more of weekends to do.
| At this stage the soil was still very heavy and sticky, and so the
next job was to dig in a load of horticultural grit. My husband dug
out the pond and water feature, and in doing so "did his back in",
and so it fell to me to do most of the rest of the work on my own!
Digging in the grit was very heavy going. I dug in a ton of it, and
I must say it did seem to have a good effect on the drainage situation
Next job was to line the pond stream and water feature, which at this
point just consisted of a small header pool on the top terrace. The
waterfall is a fibreglass one, discarded by a neighbour, and so it
cost us nothing!
We got Kevin to cut down a few of the posts where it was to go, and
it slotted in a treat. We edged the pond and pool with rocks bought
from a local garden centre.
To suppress any weed growth we next covered the ground completely
with black woven polythene. This cost £80 for a roll 1 metre wide
by 100 metres long. We haven,t used all of it, but it was cheaper
to buy a whole roll than the amount we would have actually needed
at £1.49 per metre. We pegged the plastic down with pieces of bent
garden wire, and stapled it around the log edges with a staple gun.
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