Sunday, February 19

There's tidying and there's TIDYING

Just recently when we have managed to get out into the garden or onto the plot it's been a case of doing some tidying.

Partly the tidying has been carried out on three flower beds.

In the garden:

Task - Tidy two flower beds

Time taken - one afternoon
Workforce - one person
Details of work:
  • Cut back dead top-growth from faded perennials
  • Tie in climbing roses
  • Remove a few weeds
  • Take care not to step on emerging bulbs

Top photo before and after photo underneath

On the plot:

Task - Tidy one flower bed

Time taken - six afternoons
Workforce - two people
Details of work:
  • Remove top growth of weeds
  • Remove as many weed roots as possible
  • Dig up plants and decide what to keep and replant
  • Barrow compost from the other end of the plot
  • Spread homemade compost on the bed
  • Cut back hard two sambucus nigra
  • Hard prune shrub roses
  • Tidy edges
  • Try not to get two muddy
I've put together some before and after photos in the video clip below to show the scale of the task.


There's plenty more tidying still to do!

22 comments:

  1. I think the word you were looking for is "Blitz"!

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    1. Blitz implies an element of speed, Mark and work was started on the allotment bed before Christmas!

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  2. Must be so satisfying to see the finished task although time consuming. I tend to get sidetracked even though I make myself a list. Not looking as good as yours yet.

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    1. It is, L. The allotment bed has needed tidying for a couple of years. As for looking good we still have plenty of areas that are messy.

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  3. I think Spring clean-ups are deeply satisfying. It looks so "ready" for the upcoming season. A job well done!

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  4. I made a start yesterday ~ on the Spanish bluebells that infest my garden as they spill over from next door!
    It is such a rewarding job to finally get going again after the winter months, isn't it? All starting to look good there after your hard work.

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  5. Jobs well done Sue. It's that taking care not to step on emerging bulbs aspect that I find particularly challenging.

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    1. It's one advantage of smaller feet though, Anna. Martyn is at a disadvantage with his size 10s

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  6. It's "that" time of year" :). Well done for accomplishing so much.

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    1. Thanks, Jayne, it was the bed we really wanted to sort out most.

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  7. you remind me to tidy up our back yard soon. it seem like jungle right now.

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  8. For us now is a good time for tidying whilst everything is sleeping.

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  9. I love tidying at this time of year, you can really see where you've been! Much needed here, I've been distracted by a new project whilst the weather is kind.

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    1. I'm guessing this is the one alongside your stairway, Jeaica.

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  10. What a difference, it looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle . It just needs some plants now.

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  11. Good work, its great to get things tidy.

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    1. Tidying that bed was particularly satisfying, Annie. It has been something that we have been desperate to sort out but never seemed to have time for. If we hadn't been anle to tidy it before sowing and planting was upon us, it would have been a mess for another year.

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  12. Your before and after pictures really show up your hard work!

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    1. There's still plenty more to do, Mal

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