Boom! What a relief! The hardest area of the Garden is done.
J: It’s been a journey that’s for sure! I’ve certainly learned from my mistakes. The process has been worth it though. Bo is able to play up there without us worrying and we have a bit of room to plant,
We’re so glad we took the photos to see how far we’ve come and what we started with:
Original Garden 2012:
Mid way May 2014:
Know your enemy! Our enemy would be weeds growing through into the play area. So the way forward is to carpet the soil with membrane. Cut to size and the mulch will weigh it all down.
The Pickle ‘helped’ me but I’m not convinced he shared any of the workload… I think Kate did the odd barrow load too.
K: I decided to brighten up old plant pots with acrylic spray paint! Really easy to do and they looked great once the flowers were potted!
There’s still a few things to do - we want to put some LED lights around the garden and put some out door sockets. Phase 2 will be the pizza oven!
We’ve completed the garden and with all the space gained we wanted to fill it with things for Boaz to do. We saw these little garden boxes on TV and thought they were a really good way for Bo to join us in the garden.
So, a little trip to the Southampton Wood Recycling Project and I’ve got all the wood I need for about £8!
Dimensions H500mm x L700mm x D450mm.
Quick and simple construction - just used some wood screws throughout. For drainage leave spaces between the planks. Being made from reclaimed lumber, it was full of rustic charm but also need a bit of sanding to get a smoother finish. I just used 80 to 120 grit - didn’t bother with anything higher. We thought it’d be good idea for Bo to hang his little trowel and tools. 3 lengths of 20mm dowel and its complete.
Just staple the membrane on and cut off the excess - Bo didn’t quite get the hang of the staple gun but happy to help mum!
We didn’t bother using a primer - just Cuprinol shades outdoor paint. 2 coats and painting’s done. We’re thinking about putting some stencil words on it in the future - something like “Bo’s mini garden”
Every day we fill up our watering cans and water his little garden. It’s a brilliant way for him to learn about looking after things - we hope!