I previously posted photos showing our plot in the best light, grass newly cut, tidy beds with tidy edges etc.
Before you get the wrong idea and think we have the perfectly manicured plot I thought that I ought to shamefacedly reveal the bits of the plot we prefer to hide.
We have a small bed that once contained a collection of various types on mint. Knowing mint likes to spread its wings and can become a nuisance. We decided that we could keep it in check in a small bed surrounded by a frequently cut grass path.
The mint did try its luck at straying across the path but only succeeded in making mowing the paths an aromatic experience. The problem wasn't the mint but the fact that it was really difficult to weed amongst the mint. The bed is now in desperate need of renovation. I've started on this bed and it is a real challenge.
In a similar state is a longer bed planted up with shrub roses, black elder and perennials. Perennials will need to be rescued and kept in a place of safety before serious weeding can take place. I think we may use weed control fabric on this bed.
Then we have a patch euphemistically called the wildlife area mainly as it is a patch of nettles and bramble. There is also an elder, some comfrey and a jostaberry in there.
The patch really is intended to be a haven for wildlife but we may need to check it a bit.
Nearest is the area that is probably the easiest to sort out as it is our 'useful objects' pile. You know the sort of thing bits of wood to hold down netting etc, old canes and some old fence panels that will be used around the compost heap.The last no go area is alongside and currently houses a huge pile of prunings most of which have now dried off sufficiently to burn. If we had a shredder we could maybe shred and compost but we don't run to this luxury.
Alongside this is another area in need of clearing which at present is a temporary store for some weed control fabric that needs relocating.
There now doesn't that all make you feel better and maybe just a little smug? As for me I just wish I hadn't set it all out like that but the hope is that by using more and more weed control we will now be able to get round to sort out at least some of our shabby areas so that they will no longer need to be hidden from the camera.