Noah’s Gardening

suc50916.jpgDuring a break in the rains last week I nipped out to take this shot of my garden, the roof tops and the floods beyond (normally this valley is pasture). At the front of the picture you can see my work in progress. It’s a tiny plot I’m working on (about 3.5m by 5m) but progress is slow because of big landscaping, rubble and access issues. Even to get this far I’ve had to demolish an old chicken shed, lift two trees, take down and move two compost heaps, build another and pick axe endless amounts of rubble out of the ground. This is hard work but its what transformational gardening is all about. Creating beautiful space out of failing landscapes.  Follow my story in Garden News magazine once every fortnight with additions on the blog and I’ll show you how to create beautiful garden spaces in a way which will help to prevent floods like the one you see here getting worse! 

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4 responses to “Noah’s Gardening

  1. Bob Nobes

    Great picture although all that water nearby is a worry! You also have what looks to be a very steep drop to the neighbours at the back. Any fears that your plot may drop over?
    Good luck with the new column.

  2. allanshepherd

    Thanks Bob. There’s a huge fear of the drops and its one of the big jobs I’ve got to tackle before I do anything else. It all needs fencing off and to some extent terracing or planting up with deep rooted plants for stability. In a couple of articles time I’m going to be relating a story to do with the drops that really brought the problem home to me when a piece of rubble fell down there. Thanks for the good luck. The water is a worry but more so from the back of the house where a stream in the woodland behind has previously burst its banks and ended up in my living room. One of my winter jobs is to make sure the stream isn’t blocked up with branches!

  3. Bob Nobes

    So 2 very major jobs before you can really get down to ‘proper’ gardening! Wrong to say that as what you are doing is good creative gardening but I think you will get my drift. What are the plans for the rubble or is that a thought too far? I really think that this will all be a good challenge as my take on this, for what it’s worth, is that you are trying to re-establish nature in a plot where ithas been neglected.

  4. allanshepherd

    Yes pretty major – but it is good because it enables me to explore each part of gardening in turn. The negative part of it is the feeling of having to clear up the things other people have left behind. Using the rubble seems like a way of feeling better about this process. At the moment I’m experimenting with a dry rubble and slate wall, taking standard dry stone wall techniques as a benchmark and then coming up with my own solution. Some of the slate has already been used as ground cover mulch around and in front of the temporary wire compost bin you can see in the pic. I’ll put some pics up on the site soon. The last person who had this space used it to build a chicken shed and dump rubble – and this is the only part of the garden in full sun. Before that my neighbour tells me his father in law used it for growing Dahlias. Much more sensible use of a sunny spot. So I guess I’m doing it for me to have a sunny spot to sit in and grow veg and fruit and yes definitely to get some more wildlife in there too.

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