Saturday, 11 July 2015

Lovely Day - Wrong Job

Friday was a lovely hot summer’s day with the temperature reaching 27.9°C (82.2°F) in the afternoon sunshine.

After the hot start to the month the temperature over the last week or so has cooled off and I decided Friday was a good day to carry out a bit of renovation work on a small area of garden around the pond and under our palm tree.

It’s only a small area where in previous years we’ve had a variety of plants growing in containers but with limited success. At its best it has only looked good for a short time in summer and if the plants miss out on watering and dry up they don’t normally recover so well. So we decided it was time to convert this small patch into a little bed of its own and see how we could develop it.

It wasn’t the best of days to be digging out patches of dry, compacted turf and turning over the soil to break up it to a decent depth. 
A layer of gravel was added to help with drainage and the bed filled with topsoil. It’s now just about ready for planting up. I feel some more garden centre visits coming on.

Copyright: Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


  1. That looks really lovely, great effort indeed. Greetings!

  2. Still waiting for enough rain to dampen the soil enough to make leek planting holes - it's a tough job when the soil is so unhelpful, and slow if you have to provide artifical 'rain' to make the holes. Planted cabbages last week and it was a case of shoving the plant in double quick before the planting hole crumbled. Apparently it rain last night - but it's hard to tell !!

    1. No proper rain here either so our leeks are still waiting too. We've had a few showers, enough to wet the ground but not the soil. Looks like Thursday might be the day we get some useful rain but there again it could all change by then. I've got some cabbages to go in too but I'd have to plant them in concrete!!

  3. The sign of truly committed gardeners - taking away more lawn to make room for plants! I'm sure your plants will be happier in a proper bed than in containers.

    1. Hi Jayne

      Less watering needed in dry spells - like now!


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