New Start

26 May

We have a house and garden! It’s an extended end terrace in Stockport, about five miles south of Manchester City centre. It has a rear garden of about four thousand square feet, which is larger than my previous plot. The front garden isn’t a bad size either. It all needs a lot of work. The sale went through last week. Since then i’ve been choking on plaster dust, gagging on the smell as I pulled up the carpet tiles around the toilet, disposing of the porn stash I found behind a fitted wardrobe and other unpleasant activities. In between all that,  there’s been a little time to make a start on the garden. Here’s how it looked when we first viewed it, which was in February.20160215_14040720160215_140404

The first thing needed is to clear it: all of it. There are two things that I am leaving to the professionals, namely grinding out the tree stumps and removing the privet hedge. Everything else I can do myself. As can be seen, there are self-seeded ash trees which are really quite large. One of the trunks has emerged from a pile of rubble. Another one has sprung up next to an overturned, empty, white plastic hanging basket. Over time, the trunk’s girth has crushed it into the ground. There are also hawthorn and fruit trees and crap identikit conifers. There’s a pond which has litter in it. There’s a greenhouse with no door; it’s full of firewood and festooned with brambles. There’s a ground elder problem. There are patios, two of which have been partly built over with other structures, like so-20160524_173525

-although I must say, when I excavated it from under a mulch of gravel, I knew i’d hit seventies paydirt. Love those colours together. But i’m straying away from the description of what was there initially.


In summary, i’m back! What shall I say? “Chthonian Life 2: This time it’s personal”? “Chthonian Life 2: Electric Boogaloo”? That always works for a sequel. Seriously though, hopefully this time will have all the good bits and the lessons learned from my previous effort at a garden. And be bigger and better.


2 Responses to “New Start”

  1. Loree Bohl May 26, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    Well I’m excited! Can’t wait to see what you get up to.

  2. Peter/Outlaw May 30, 2016 at 6:04 am #

    Congratulations on your new home and garden! It will be exciting to see what you do with your new space.

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