Every great accomplishment starts with a plan. Yes, a part of me is hesitant to put all this effort into a rental property that we will eventually move from. But that being said at least then I know I will have created something that either the landlords or future tenants will be able to enjoy.
This weekend has been all about planning with me, I have started back at work on a casual basis so now have a little disposable income to be able to put any plans I make into action. My plans didn’t just involve the garden either, I had come up with some ideas in my head that I had tried to explain to my partner but nothing is ever explained better than with a picture so I did some drawing. It is usually where I always begin with plans after I’ve come up with an idea that is. Here is what I’ve drawn up:
From there I always tidy things up a bit and I’ve found the use of paint very good at doing this, I’ve also found it handy because if I want to change something I can easily add in things or take things out or even move things around.
It is a bit crude but when planning things out I like to leave room for improvements and ideas. Whilst planning this I tried to include aspects from what I have learnt about companion planting and how I envisage the garden at the end of the process. As well as of course a little influence by my partner who would like to brew his own beer and make cider (Our neighbors apple tree drops apples on our drive so that provides us with enough).
From here I have made a list of everything I need to put my plans in action, then the next step is actually getting things done. I know the plans will change in the process but that is part of the beauty of creating things. I studied fine art when I was 17 for a year and I guess that is why I never really got far with design because I always change my plans as I am working on something. I see it as making improvements and being creative but if you have designed something for someone and they have agreed on the specifics of the plan you don’t have that flexibility to change things as you go. Yes, I see building this garden as a form of art, a living piece that hopefully will be both practical as well as beautiful.
I would like to somehow incorporate a water system as the closest tap to the garden is outside our laundry which is a good 15-20m from the garden and over two fences. Our section is laid out a little oddly with the driveway not only separating the garden from the house but it is also fully fenced.
What else have I done this weekend, to be honest not much. I had planned to have a productive weekend in the house getting rid of stuff after finding a photo of our lounge from when we first moved in. We have been in our house two years and I don’t know where all the stuff has come from but compared to the sparse look that we started with it is definitely lived in now. We have had little Miss Six this weekend so have been entertaining her while partner slept (he is working every night for the next 10 days including starting his first supervisor shift) so our house is going to be quiet during the day over that time. On top of that Little Mr is suffering from the horrible experience that is teething and is refusing to sleep during the day for long and waking at night again with sore gums. Both are now in bed and partner is at work so I am going to sit down with a book I got out from the library tonight and make the most of the peace and quiet.
Tomorrow night I will be spending the four hours from 9pm-1am that my partner is at work doing my quality assurance assignment for the Openpolytechnic certificate I am training for. It is due on the 26th, I have started it but haven’t been able to find the motivation to finish it off. There is no better motivation then a fast approaching deadline, the last assignment I did I left till the last minute and got 98% which I guess hasn’t helped me build motivation to do it ahead of time.