Work days 24 & 25 March 2012
Paul and Jean, Lee and Susan arrived at the house around 11.00 am. The workmen
hadn't finished so the scaffolding remained in place.
Paul had brought some flashing material to ensure the flat room of the kitchen
was well sealed. When he was doing this he noticed that the hopper was clogged
with debris and this was causing a problem for good water drainage. He proceeded
to clear this and place some chicken wire across this to prevent a build
up of debris.
Jean and Susan cleared away the rubble at the back of the house and the rocks
and bits of loose cement Lee took away in the wheelbarrow to the side garden
to help with the levelling of the land and sifted through for large stones
which will help to hold posts into place throughout the garden.
A fire was lit in the middle garden to dispose of all the old cupboards pulled
out from the kitchen.
After this, Lee raked over the small fruit garden and planted some redcurrent
plants. This means we have cherry, blackcurrent, gooseberry, strawberry and
raspberry plants there for a second year.
Part of the side garden in the middle garden was cleared and a lovely little
area exposed for a bench to be placed. A little sunspot for anyone needing
a rest from work in the garden!
Lee and Susan returned. 4 bags of soil had been donated and collected from
Tameside Freecyle and these were banked to one corner of the side garden
for a later date. It is envisaged that the side garden will be the only
landscaped/formal garden of the 1.375 acre garden but this would not take
place until next summer and will be our main outdoor project for summer 2013.
Much of the rubble had helped level the middle section of ground but the
ground is very uneven and will require more building up and levelling off.
The alpine garden and bog garden were watered given that it was 23 degrees
Chippings were also made from dead twigs and branches lying around the grounds
and these were scattered over the pathways.
The greenhouse definitely needs to be cleared out and cleaned - but this
is a job for another day!