About time I did another post…

Hey everyone I’m back again (finally) with another post from  “20 dollar garden challenge” and I hope you are all doing well with whatever projects you’re working on.

I’ve had a bit of a break between posts due to there not being much to report, as my ability to do any meaningful work on the garden has been compromised recently due to a number of factors.

We’ve had some inclement weather to deal with, usually on the days when I can (theoretically) get the most work done, plus some other issues that have negatively impacted on my ability to do any sort of sustained work in the garden.

Some work was completed in the time between posts, however it hasn’t been of significant quantity or quality to warrant a separate post for each item that was completed, hence the delay in posting anything.

I have managed to “tame” the kids’ area in the backyard to some extent, most of the weeds, wintergrass and superfluous shrubs have been removed and in some cases, replanted in more appropriate locations. (Some of the plants that are due to be replanted are awaiting an appropriate location in the garden.)

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These two pictures give some indication of how bad things had gotten in what will be the kids’ section of the backyard. Unfortunately they don’t give an accurate representation as I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture. (I did take some progress pictures that are shown below.)



This gives a better idea of how high and dense the wintergrass had grown (it came to about mid-calf in height!) The grass in the first photo, by the shed, has now been removed, and the pipe in the background on the corner of the shed is now pointing in the other direction, so that water from the shed will run down behind the shed, and not into the kids’ section.

Some other work has been partially completed, the first of three tiers of planned vegetable and fruit patches has been cleared, which is planned to run the full length of the lawn. Once these tiers are cleared and made ready for planting, it will make it look as if there is light at the end of the tunnel (and not just that of an oncoming train, lol.)

These three pictures show the cleared tier that will run the length of the lawn, just need to prepare it to make it ready for planting. Of course I’ll need to put in a retaining wall that runs the along the lawn.

I’ve also managed to plant some seeds, with the exuberant assistance of my ‘offsider’, our 4 year old, Hunter, in a number of leftover egg cartons. The plan is to plant the seeds, still in the egg cartons, when they’ve grown enough, straight into the ground. Over time the carton will deteriorate and eventually decompose, providing some protection for the plant, and also food too! (Well that’s the hope anyway.)

The seeds have been planted and labelled, the only problem is that some of the plants may not actually turn out to be what is on the description, as Hunter decided to open all of the packets of seeds, and then proceeded to sprinkle them liberally over the egg cartons. The pictures below indicate what they’re supposed to be, what they actually become, well I’ll keep you up to date with that.

That’s all for this edition of “20 dollar garden challenge”, I’ll do my best to keep everyone up to date with how the project is progressing, preferably more frequently than recently.

I’ll give those who are new to “20 dollar garden challenge” a chance to peruse the rules of the challenge.

1 The budget for each week of the challenge is, surprise, surprise, $20.
2 I can’t spend any of the budget in advance.
3 If something costs more than $20, it has to be paid off in instalments.
4 Receipts for ALL items, materials, etc, have to be kept and displayed.
5 If I don’t/can’t spend any money in a particular week, I still have to do something in the garden, (for example pruning or removing trees, making a garden feature from available materials/items, or from items I salvage, have donated to the challenge, etc.)
5a If friends or relatives want to help with the challenge, paying them in kind with BBQ and some beer/wine, etc, is perfectly acceptable.
7 Have approximately two years to complete the challenge.

(No doubt there may be a bit of tweaking of the rules during the ongoing challenge, but that just makes things interesting I reckon.)

Thanks for taking the time to read my posts, hopefully you’re enjoying the journey as much, if not more than I am.

Until next time, cheers, Steve Taylor 🙂









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