Do you ever feel like you end up doing everything the hard way? First you do it the quick way and then you do it another way and then you do it the right way?
In this instance I'm talking about our veggie garden. I've put in a lot of work over the past two years planting out different varieties, building up the soil, endlessly weeding and defending it all against the constant threat of possum decimation.
And it's been great - but I'm about to start it all again from scratch.
Despite always knowing that raised beds are popular for a good reason - we've ploughed on with our ground level patch. Until two weeks ago when Mr Tchotchke decided it was high time we not only properly edged but also raised our little patch, and not one to do things by halves, I decided we should probably carry the edging along my rose bushes, fruit trees, and another little garden bed too just for good measure.
So after careful measuring, plotting, planning and purchasing... Mr T went ahead and did all the hard work.
Doesn't it look great?
I gotta say, I'm so proud of him... for someone with zero construction experience he's done pretty damn well.
After searching for soil suppliers on a few gardening websites I somehow got sidetracked into reading a debate on whether it's safe to use treated pine sleeper on veggie gardens - and of course got totally nerve-wracked on the whole issue. (the above sleepers are treated pine).
So my next job is to line the inside of the sleepers with builders plastic, and then shift the frangipani tree, rip out the remaining plants (maybe the banana tree too?) and then fill the whole thing up with new soil and compost.
Easy huh? (I kinda wish we'd done it this way from the start.)