There is something so magical about learning and doing something all by yourself. Not hiring someone else to do it, although when the work gets tough you wish you had, but at the end of it, there is no better feeling. Feelings of great pride, success, accomplishments and more love for something you created from nothing. This is how I am starting to feel as my garden slowly takes form in phase two!
It’s something that was a lot harder than I thought to tackle on alone but I stay positive by thinking about all the great exercise I am getting. Hoping that when I finish not only will I be satisfied with it but my momma will be proud that I have become just like her in some many ways!
Topsoil arrived first! So while the kids took their afternoon nap, this Momma got her gloves on and started shovelling dirt as fast as possible. I had two hours to get 25 trips from the front driveway to the back yard laid out smooth. I laid a thick layer all the way around to even out the flower beds and prepare it for what I call tarping, that black mesh that you put down to keep those pesky weeds at bay.
While I measured and worked out what plants I wanted and where, my two lovely boys got down and dirty getting rid of all the turf we cut out and piled against the house in phase one. Buba has never been so happy to help out, anything to do with outdoors and getting dirty he is a happy chap. So was Mommy for their help.
We had a lovely bank holiday at the garden center near us, shopping around for what we wanted in our new space. It was a fun family day out, picking out plants together and having a yummy lunch afterwards. Buba kept running up to the next set of plants, “this one and this one and this one”. He was keen to get involved.
When we got home I was excited to strategically place each plant where I wanted it to go. If you haven’t noticed in the picture my OCD really stands out, the left and right sides mirror each other and each side of the willow tree, mirrors each other as well as the two corners. Yes, I am that bad. But it made it easier after planning one side to match the other so I could get down to more dirty work. Planting!
I never thought I would be excited to garden. I am not a pull weeds kinda girl, and it’s not even the getting dirty part that puts me off. It’s the aches and pains I feel after being hunched over for hours. I know, moaning already!
Mr P caught me in action to see if I looked like a pro, what do you think?
After hours of planting various shapes, sizes and colors of plants I got to thinking, yes it’s hard work but how rewarding to look around and know I did all this! (obviously with some help of Mr P and Buba above). And the best part about it, I was saving us a butt load of money not only on not paying someone else but on a gym membership too. Good thing I hadn’t signed up last month, I have had enough working out for a few months. Being funny aside, I have also learned a lot in the process which has been a great experience.
After a long weekend of hard work I am coming to the end of phase two. I just have a few more bigger plants to plant when they arrive! Then the mulch and stones will be added for the final touches! Stay tune for the last phase of my garden mini series. If you missed my first instalment click below.
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