Friday, 1 June 2012

Raised Garden Update

Or should I call it razed garden update?

When we bought the house this area looked rather boring with a raised bed covered with ivy. An ivy that I did slowly started to creep up the walls and I started to worry about the structural stability of the house. So we hired some people to pull the ivy out and realized that the walls of the raised bed were quite damaged. So my idea of just replacing the ivy with some lovely plants did not work. I would have to rebuild the wall.

I started by razing the wall down (I blogged about it here last year) and was making good progress, but the limited time I had for garden activity meant that we hired some one to break the rest of the wall down and this is how it looked after the wall came down:

I then decided to build a proper wall for this raised/razed garden and then rejuvenate the soil before I take care of the plants in there. The irony is, that it will be another cinder block wall! But this time, it will not be mortared into place.

So in came 4 pallets of cinder blocks!

So in came 4 pallets of cinder blocks. Don't worry, they are not all for this project. I have a few more up my sleeve. The inspiration for this wall came from this page Apartment Therapy.

This is how it looks now.

The rubble needs to be cleaned up, of course.
Another view

How do you like my idea for a bird bath? It could also work as a planter. In its previous life it was an interior light fixture. Reuse, reuse, reuse!

The "porcupine" near the bird bath used to have "thorns" where people could wipe their feet off. A doormat, essentially. It may either be converted to some sort of planter or some kind of yard art.

All that's left to do, is to remove the rubble, add some more soil to the raised bed and plant away to my heart's content. I wish I had saved up some of my astilbe's to plant here.

Don't you just love that little guy?

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Deepak said...

wonderful work! do post pics once the work is completed!

Agnija Bharathi said...

Thank you! I definitely will.

varsha said...

amazing you are quite an engineer : always doing practical things in a sciency manner ..

Agnija Bharathi said...

Aww! You're nice to me Varsha! Thanks!