I Did It Again..
After vowing never to order vast quantities of garden mulch or compost ever again, due to the compost barrowing episode that nearly killed me, I did it again. In my defence, it was four cubic metres of mulch that was my favourite kind of all.. free! Two years ago, when I moved into this house, I had a very nice firm of tree surgeons come in and surgically remove a number of trees, which let sunshine into the house and enabled a lovely, lovely deck to be built. Anyway, recently I met up with the tree surgeon again at a local film night, and asked him what they did with their tree chippings if the client didn't keep them. He told me they drop them off at a local garden centre to be turned into compost OR they can drop them off in interested parties' front yards for mulching projects, if said interested parties were on their regular route, and also could be ready for a mulch delivery on the spur of the moment. Turns out the tree firm's truck depot is several streets away. Do you see the stars aligning here? Well, last Friday four metres of tree chippings turned up on my street, ready for me to barrow down the seventeen stairs and six corners again to begin to fill up my jungle garden with mulch. Happy days. Hard work, but happy days.
Here is a little garden bed next to my new deck. I planted nectarine trees, grapes and a Chilean guava. Until this week they have been growing surrounded by knee high weeds, but now they have a cardboard and mulch blanket instead. And some rock edging. All tucked up. One day I would like to train the nectarine branches into an arch over the pathway. They will shade my kitchen window from the summer sun. Garden dreams:)