Spanking the arse of neglect!
Way back when, in the mists of time, Hill 49 stood as a symbol of laziness. It was like a carbuncle on the buttock of good intentions, and those who have been reading this drivel for a while will remember that I showed my dedication to the gardening thing by battling Hill 49, until it was no more. For those who don’t know, Hill 49 was created by me shifting dirt I dug out of footings for a shed. Where Hill 49 stood used to be a Koi pond (not mine, but the bloke who I bought the house off – I only see fish as food), which I filled, before heaping more dirt on top.
Hill 49 was like this during the process of clearance…
…and I turned it into this!
Of course, having done 90 per cent of the work, I neglected the rest. The fact that the ground was seriously uneven made me regret ever having gone near it, and since then it has stood as a monument of one man’s neglect towards his garden.
The constant pissing down of rain has somewhat ruined the 2012 growing season, so I siezed the opportunity to well and truly give the arse of neglect a bloody good spanking. Oh yes I did! Look behind you! Boo! Hiss! Etc..
Last friday morning, I arose from my bed, took a day off work, showered, ate a large bacon sandwich, and headed out to face the results of my neglect.
The first job was to clear the space and level the ground (well, get it sort of level). I set about my task, and on the first day of sunshine and heat this summer, I toiled like a bloke filled with bacon has never toiled before, until I had done this…
Now, it might not look too impressive, but the contents of that 6 yard skip are purely soil and rocks that I dug out with my own now somewhat blistered hands!
The space that I cleared will allow the completion of the madness that is my greenhouse project, plus a space for rhubarb and raspberries!
This is my canvas…
The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot that I forgot to take a picture of the clear space before putting the door frame of the greenhouse up. I shall go into more detail about that during a greenhouse-related update very soon.
Oh yeah, it’s still sunny. Go figure!