Our garden. Then and now

We have now lived in our house for 3 years. Time flies when you are having fun (and when you’re renovating). It feels like we have neglected the garden in favour of all the structural work we have undertaken on the house (some of which you can read about here and here). I certainly don’t have the wildflower garden of my dreams. However, when looking through some old photos I realised that we have actually achieved a fair bit in the garden. This ties in nicely with my decision to do a monthly update on how out garden is progressing. Since snow and poor weather dominated March I am writing a ‘then and now’ post to show what we have accomplished so far and to give a reference point for future posts.

Then and now

When we first moved in our priority was replacing the crumbling fencing. Only the lawn area was fenced but we still had 28 panels to replace. For such a big job we enlisted the children and their friends to help and paid them in fish and chip suppers!

Replacing the fence panels

We soon realised that getting the children to help benefited us all. Not only did the work get completed faster but it helped them to appreciate their surroundings. Moreover it got them out of the house. I don’t know about you but if we have nothing specific planned my children will happily stay inside playing computer games all day.

The bottom of the garden was a challenge. There was hard standing and a large shed that had seen better days. With paint brush in hand my little helpers soon got to work.

Repainting the garden shed

The next step was to break up all of the concrete. The plan was to create a vegetable patch in this area but progress was slow. Thankfully with a little bribery and a lot of help we dug up the area.

Repainting the garden shed

The thought of growing our own fruit certainly helped to spur everyone on. Although the bottom of the garden still isn’t complete the then and now comparison is pretty strong.

Before view. Our garden then and nowThen

After view. Our garden then and nowNow


So far we have grown our own strawberries, blackberries and tomatoes. It hasn’t been the most productive of starts. However last year, next door removed the enormous tree that was at the bottom of their garden and it has made an enormous difference to our available light. We have now added an apple tree sapling and tayberries. This week the children have been digging it over and preparations are afoot to sew some root vegetables. I think it’s important to grow things that they will enjoy eating. They are more eager to get involved with produce they want to see on their plate!

Where we are now

The garden as it stands now

The immediate project we have in mind is to varnish the fences. It’s a job that the children will relish but they will have to be closely supervised or they will paint each other! I have purchased some bricks to make a border down the right hand side of the lawn. Now that next door’s trees are removed we have enough light for this. As an aside I really believe that there should be height restrictions on what you can grow in your garden. There has to be a balance between privacy and shrouding your surroundings in sade.

Let’s be honest, the garden isn’t looking at it’s glorious best at the moment. If I had thought ahead I would of published a then and now post while the garden was in full bloom to show a more dramatic difference but that seems a little dishonest. This is it as it stands. There is a lot of work to do this summer and sometimes it does feel like a thankless task. Looking back at what we started with though, I can see progress and it helps to spur me on with the project.

It really is a marathon not a sprint!

I do hope you will join us for updates on our progress


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  1. 5th May 2018 / 9:52 PM

    Photos are a great way to look back and see progress. I love the combination of colours on your sheds.
    Child labour is a great way of getting them to respect the space they have. Hope they enjoy the fruits if their labour as the fruit and veg grow. #PoCoLo

  2. 24th April 2018 / 7:34 PM

    You’ve already done loads! Thank goodness for photos heh? I’m always taking photos of the OldHouse garden as otherwise I have no idea what I have done so far! Great that the kids have been helping you. I love the little play house! What cute colours. Thank you for joining in with #MyGloriousGardens in April. I hope you found some other interesting blogs to read. Do watch out for my round up post later this week. I hope to see you link up again in early May. Take care and happy gardening! Sophie x

  3. 20th April 2018 / 1:05 PM

    Wow this looks amazing. I love the changes and it has been worth the work xx

  4. 17th April 2018 / 8:31 PM

    Wow, you’ve turned your garden into something beautiful! Good luck with the growing. 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  5. 13th April 2018 / 2:36 PM

    It’s always interesting to see how things have progressed via photos. I forget how things used to look until I’m reminded by photographic evidence. #mmbc

  6. 13th April 2018 / 12:02 AM

    This looks so lovely – what a massive change! And how lovely your kids could help too. We’re still focusing on indoors renovations before doing anything to the garden but maybe in a few years… #countrykids

  7. 11th April 2018 / 1:28 PM

    An amazing thing to do. Give the kids responsibility and yes seeing their work will make them appreciate the garden more.


  8. 9th April 2018 / 6:34 PM

    This looks like really hard work but you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labour in summer! #countrykids

  9. 9th April 2018 / 6:28 PM

    I love the changes and look forward to seeing the varnished fences. Good luck keeping the paint off the children!

  10. 8th April 2018 / 12:22 PM

    WOW what a difference, it looks so much nicer at the bottom of the garden. I feel inspired to get out and sort our garden out. I wish it would stop raining so that I can do that… #Countrykids x

  11. 8th April 2018 / 3:55 AM

    It looks like you got a bunch done! I’m sure day by day it doesn’t feel like you are getting a lot done, but in time your garden will look even more complete. What a great transformation. Thank you for sharing! #mygloriousgarden

  12. 7th April 2018 / 8:55 PM

    What a transformation! Well worth the time and effort and brilliant that the kids were involved. Bet they have a real sense of pride and ownership now. #CountryKids

  13. 7th April 2018 / 7:14 PM

    Nice work , well done to the family especially the children. The colours you picked are really great. Lovely garden. Mine needs a makeover too. #mygloriousgardens

  14. 7th April 2018 / 5:44 PM

    It’s clear you’ve all put so much work into making your garden a beautiful place to sit and relax as a family, home grown produce really is wonderful. The kids look like they’ve put so much elbow grease into making the garden theirs, I bet they love showing it off to all their friends. The before and after shots look fab, perfect for family BBQ’s in the summer!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  15. 7th April 2018 / 5:41 PM

    Looks like you have got the kids working hard. The garden looks fabulous – we have just given ours the first mow of the season

  16. 7th April 2018 / 11:20 AM

    I love it! The colours look great and you guys have really done a brilliant job! #CountryKids

  17. 7th April 2018 / 3:09 AM

    Wow, you have done quite a lot of work. Breaking up and digging out that concrete must have been tough. It’s nice to see the whole family pitching in to help. You yard looks lovely. #countrykids

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