Friday, April 22, 2011

Where the wild things are

Today is officially my first day of being a lady of leisure maternity leave! Yeehaa. So I better get my first 'before and after' entry entered, before I discover that I will never have time to do it ever again (baby Mansill arriving in 5 weeks and 1 day).

After moving into husband Greg's man cave/gaming zone/bachelor pad, after Simon moved out, one of the first projects we tackled was the jungle found outside the backdoor. Previously inhabited by Suki, Si's dog, the 'garden' was paradise to local feral cats, possums and other wild animals. Clearly the World of Warcraft didn't allow for much time in the garden. But since Greg has been in remission we have had a blast in the garden and have actually had a lot of fun doing it.

This project has been going on for a while, so I'll post pics of everything we have done up to this point. It's been about 2 years now since we started and even though that is a long time I am impressed with how much everything has grown! Must be all the manure the wild animals left behind.

The jungle. Which in this pic looks surprisingly green and un-jungly. As misleading as it is it's the earliest pic I have.

The jungle just after we started operating on it. Clearly a different season as the grass has turned to hay. We've started hacking at the next door neighbours overgrown plants... which has actually turned out to be the hardest part of the project to date.

What looked like a small amount of the neighbours plants goes a loooong way when you are trying to get rid of it.

One of the many loads of neighbourly plants that we took to the tip. Fortunately I have inherited my dad's trailer loading skills, which cut down the number of trips required dramatically and scared Greg a little bit.

Once we had dealt with the unwanted visitors from next door we hired this magical machine. Seriously the best thing ever! Well worth the couple of hundred dollars it cost for the day. It chews up the ground weeds, grass and all to reveal attractive, ready to garden with soil! We sprayed the area with zero after this to make sure it stayed beautiful.

The new garden bed area. Maximum effect, minimum effort. This whole rotary hoe experience only took about 2 hours! 

 We weren't sure what to use for the garden edging. We initially wanted metal strip edging to create a modern, really clean cut look but it was going to be expensive. So we went with rocks, which we bought from two teenage boys who collect rocks from their farm and deliver them in a horse float. We are happy with the result and  have realised that these suit our garden much more than anything else would have. The rocks allow for a certain amount of 'wildness' so we can get away with not keeping the weeds/plants as 'clean cut' as the more modern edging would have allowed for.

Then we planted some plants.

And they grew a bit.. along with some weeds.

Then it became all beautiful and green.

And this is pretty much where this part of the garden is up to today! This is Greg tackling the weeds... which we let get a little out of hand for a while. Whatever we do we will never have control over them. One day I will have to accept that. EVIL. 

We have some other smaller projects in other areas of the garden but I have had enough blogging for one day, so they will have to wait. Time for some food. Which by the way has become a major major obsession of mine. Not sure whether it is the 3rd trimester talking or the fact that I am on a restricted diet due to gestational diabetes (which I apparently have...but am still in denial). So maybe this will turn into a before and after blog AND food blog. OR maybe after the birth of mini Mansill it will be abandoned completely OR turned into a blog about my quest to maintain sanity. Only time will tell.

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