It's been a funny old week on the Lottie, lots of organising, a bit of weeding, very little planting...
On Wednesday my lovely OH came down and helped me to create this long pathway along the full length of the back of the plot. It is edged with planks from an old decking pathway, plastic sheet and then covered with lots of wood chips. It means that the children now have the full run of the plot, front to back and side to side without the need to step over any junk. they can romp from the kiddies corner to the shed and back again, no problemo. Thursdays job was to begin digging the dreaded bindweed out to make a new bed for my runners, there are only 6 of 16 plants in the ground so far, rootling out all of the snaky roots is a time consuming job.
I have needed to find a place to put all of the bamboo canes and useful
poles and pipes that used to be stored behind the shed (until I shifted them due to imminent perimeter fence work).
I have also been putting off making a decision on where to site my compost heap because I imagine it is going to get pretty big. Solving the two problems in one, Friday's job was to turn a kind of low table-like platform on it's side and cable tie big metal grills to each end to contain clippings and kitchen waste. The sections at the back formed between the platform legs and the back of the shed are and ideal storage spot for canes.
Compost spot in place, on Saturday the kids and I spent some time raking
all the leaves and twigs up from kiddies corner and creating this fab
picnic spot. I put layers of plastic sheeting down then we hunter
gathered some logs from around the communal wood chip pile and brought
them to the plot. This area is much bigger than it looks in the picture,
you can easily fit two grown-up size bottoms on each of the longer log
seats and it will no doubt become the heart of kiddie corner.
Our other Saturday jobs were to re-purpose some old-CD's to make bird scaring mobiles, give the Charlotte bed a big dreching with the hose pipe, to de-bindweed a spot in the back trench for Ruby's Sweet Peas that she grew at home from seeds and to make a second rough and ready trellis for them to climb up.