Over the last 3 years we have been re-developing our garden. When we first moved here, over 14 years ago, the garden was laid out to mainly lawn and island beds. Lovely though it was, mowing the lawn is time consuming and with the desire for more planting it was decided that the lawn should be dramatically reduced in size. Over a peroiod of about 4 months, barley straw was used to clear the large expanse of lawn occupying most of the garden see 'Barley Straw Mulch' .
After clearing the lawn, the beds were laid out, edged with local stone and planted up. Mulch is applied everywhere - the pathways with woodchip and the beds and borders mainly with spent hops from a local brewery.
Two years later and the garden is etablishing well.
The garden will be opening for the 'National Garden Scheme' on July 30th 2017.
The view down the mulched, long path leading towards the house. The path is flanked by the the veg plot and greenhouse on the right and a long herbaceous border on the left. The fabulous grey, upstanding cones of the korean pine and enormous rhubarb leaves , measuring up to 1m across, usually invoke comment from visitors