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Digging again.


I was all set to do a bit of cleaning today, but walking round the garden I suddenly decided that two very narrow borders needed to be wider.

I thought about 4’ would be ok so measured it out.

Began to dig along the edges but then disaster – this was supposed to have a 10 year guarantee and I’ve only used it for 3.

Had to use the spade instead, which means the edges are not as straight as they should be, but pleased with my wider border. Bit of an aching back though!

I’m planning on bigger beds and borders and less grass – hard work but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

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I t is hard work but well worth it in the end. I love big borders and so do the plants as it can really set them off. I think they can make a garden look much bigger too.

9 Sep, 2011


A lot of hard work for you with the digging but what a treat when you come to setting in new plants. I always find this to be exciting. Good luck with it all.

10 Sep, 2011


I kept doing this when I lived in UK but only having a small garden to start with, finished up with a 'wiggly-shaped' lawn at only 6' at its widest and 3' at its narrowest! Lots of work - but fun! :o)

10 Sep, 2011


That is looking very good, I am sure you will soon fill the new border.

10 Sep, 2011


Yes get rid of that boring grass :o) You'll enjoy flower borders much better, and they are less work aswell. Have you got any ideas on what to plant ?

10 Sep, 2011


I`m with all the others, really like big borders and beds, you can do so much more with them and the plants do thrive better, I have three matching halfmoons Ginnellie, was the ground really that hard or was it you?,lol.
Cannot do straight lines to save my life, thats why I have edging around my lawns, mind you even those are curving over the years, plus its easier when trimmng the edges.
I know it must be hard work at the moment but you are doing it at the right time of the year, it will be great next year when whatever you put in has established and coming into flower and of course the best part is choosing the new plants. Looking forward to seeing your progress....

10 Sep, 2011


I thought about you Hywel when I was digging, remembering how you hate grass. I'm beginning to feel the same way, especially as it seems to be full of more, and different weeds every year. No Lincslass the ground wasn't hard at all, it's just my misuse/abuse of the tool for the past three years I guess. I shall behave better towards my new one.
All beds and borders are going to be widnened a bit and a lot of things moved when the time is right. If I need any help with the digging then my son's new (3 month old) labrador puppy will be called upon. After looking after him today for a few hours I can see he is an expert!
As for planting, I need more shrubs and less bedding I have realised so will certainly be asking for suggestions for a south/west facing area.

10 Sep, 2011


Hope the back is not aching too much now, Ginellie ... you have set me thinking about widening a border now ... but it would mean moving lots of plants around ... not sure if I can get motivated yet ... :o)

11 Sep, 2011

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