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image of daisies in a border

With a new garden to work on that has actual borders with actual soil to plant into, I’ve been accumalating seeds for this as well as for my numerous pots. But, I have an issue with some of the border area because it’s never been fully laid for planting, it’s still an area of gravel and building debris from the construction stage of these bungalows. Other parts are more than mature with some nice fruit trees such as lime, grapefruit, lemon, orange and cherry. Then we have the odd bush here and there and that’s about it. Plenty of scope for development. So, here’s the plan.

  1. Dig out as much of the gravel and rubble as possible and fill with good soil.
  2. Plan the planting of the borders.
  3. Sow the necessary seeds.
  4. Cross fingers and hope for the best.

There are three obstacles to all this. First is the digging out as it’s pretty hard and compacted rubbish and gravel in most of the poor borders. Second it’s rained so much in the last few weeks my compost bins have become waterlogged. And third it’s just too wet to get anything done. Even the patio paved areas have given up the ghost and allowed the growth of the mouldy green sludge you get from excess rainwater on stone.

Add to this the battle I’m fighting with some mould inside the house – Cyprus houses aren’t built for damp and wet weather. Then we have poor old Harvey, our elderly English Springer who is slowly recovering from two major operations. And finally I have a large workload on for t-shirt design, embroidery and vinyl print. That’s not to mention finishing writing my book The Brittle Sea.

Who said retirement is a time to take things easy?

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