Tuesday, 9 June 2015

THE retaining wall

The plans for the future bee garden/potager opposite the house were finalised a month or so ago. We're really excited to get the garden beds in, but first of all we had to deal with the existing (barely) red gum retaining wall. We're replacing it with nice, chunky cypress pine - this is the same material that we used on the verandah. It' sustainably sourced, is naturally termite resistant and should outlast us. It also fades to a lovely silvery grey.

John began the wall and steps on the weekend.


Here's the planting plan, though I think I'm going to add a small greenhouse to the right of the stairs -

Here's the planting plan, though I think I'm going to add a small greenhouse to the right of the stairs -
a great idea that, of course, came after I had drawn the final, final version of the plan! The total area is about 21 metres x 7.5 metres and will be broken up into a series of "rooms" with lots of bee friendly plantings of herbs and summer perennials along with frequently used edibles as this garden is directly opposite the kitchen - the back door lines up with the steps. There'll also be two water features and frog and lizard habitat areas.



A panorama of the area.

There's a bit of backfilling left to do on the wall and we can get started on the garden beds. I can't wait!