Flushed with success after constructing our kitset raised veggie garden, in which the boards just slotted together, Robin decided to make another raised garden. But this time, it was quite a different task altogether. The triangular garden in the corner was not so easy, nothing was cut-to-size and delivered this time. This was a real blokes job and involved a trip to the lumber yard to purchase macrocarpa boards, plus a copious supply of long galvanised self tapping bolts to hold it all together. Then the serious business of measuring and cutting. “Measure twice and cut once” is the mantra of home handymen and quilters alike.
I was helping as required, holding the timber when needed, or keeping well out of the way as the long boards were swung around and put in place. The electric drill made short work of putting those bolts in place.
Then came the all important job of filling the garden up with soil. Luckily, we had soil to spare – two large piles left over from when the workmen came to do our extra concreting jobs. Backwards and forwards Robin trudged with barrow loads of soil. He had made a ramp out of an extra length of timber, which made it so much easier to tip the soil into the new garden.
We have planted out a couple of baby Kowhai trees which we potted up from our previous garden. Also taken were some Iris tubers, a gift from a friend many years ago – we couldn’t leave them behind. We were surprised that these have survived so well all these months. With the addition of a few more shrubs (natives, we decided) and a covering of bark chips to keep the weeds down, our easy care garden will soon be finished. Less time doing gardening means more time to go caravanning – that’s our philosophy, anyway!