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I currently live in Birmingham and come from Solihull. I have a love of all things crafty, developed from my mom's love of crafts as I was growing up. I currently work in marketing, but I'm a qualified Aromatherapist, and use to be self employed alongside a day job, might one day return to that. I try to fit in crafts when I can, I wish I had more time and money to spend on it! I enjoy researching my family history and finding out about the past. It can get frustrating, but is really rewarding when you have a break through! I hope to meet people with similar interests as me and swap advice/stories.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Secret Garden

Well, the garden saga continues...it's a real project and having house repairs to do too means just doing a bit here and there. I think it'll be great when all is done, it's just getting there!

We started on the veg patch...dug up some slabs, found hundreds of stones and all sorts of buried rubbish! But there's a load of worms...soil should be good. Still plan to extend the veg patch a bit more, knock down the shed (which is rotten) and have a larger one...lots to do!

The Chickens...as yet unnamed

Still we have some work to do with the chickens, but they are in a much better condition than they were left in!!!

Next we hope to get a proper roof, we covered them in tarpaulins, which was a great improvement as part of the run wasn't covered and the area is so muddy they were just swamped. Hoping we avoid some wet weather for a while to keep them dry. Next year we hope to get a new coop for them, the current one is a little small for 5 chickens, but if we can keep the run and just mend it where needed as it's large enough for them all. So another on-going project!

The garden's pretty basic, a lot of hedges, some which will become trees if we're not careful, would like to get some fencing up, but that's a plan for next year. Also we have a large tree right at the bottom corner of the garden and whilst I don't want to chop everything down, we could use some branches being cut just to get more light into the garden, else it'll be a bit dark for the veg patch.

I've got various seeds waiting to be sewn next year and ideas on boarders, but for now it all needs tidying, lot of clearing rubbish and then let it settle over winter ready for spring. I also want to introduce some wildlife areas, I love birds, already have a feeding area, but would like some more areas and a bird bath, though there are lots of cats here - seen at least 4/5 different ones and with the possibility of getting one ourselves it's the dilemma of looking after birds and keeping cats away...not an easy win!

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