We’re finally starting to make some progress in our garden.
Admittedly it still looks a complete mess and anyone except us would probably not see much of a difference, but for us it at least means that we’ve completed the first step.
When we recently shared our garden fence makeover with you, you probably noticed that we’d been doing quite a bit of digging in front of the fence, too.
From a distance it actually didn’t look too bad, but as with most things, close up was a completely different story. The little raised bed was falling to pieces and most of the plants were either weeds or dead.
Part of the plan for our new garden is to take down the wall and build a new raised bed.
Taking the wall down was easy, as it had pretty much disintegrated on its own. Moving all the soil was another matter. While it wasn’t difficult to do, it just took a lot of digging to clear the area.
After even more digging and clearing, we were left with one big empty trench.
After digging the trench, we were finally able to start working on the foundations – which meant even more digging for poor Jan.
After measuring and marking the exact position of the finished wall, Jan dug a trench about 20 cm wide and 30 cm deep for the foundations.
We filled the bottom of the trench with 20 cm of rubble and then, after tapping it down, topped it off with 10 cm of concrete.
Because of the small area, we decided not to mix our own concrete, but to use Postcrete instead. Postecrete is a ready mixed concrete type mixture. It comes in bags that we could just tip into the prepared trench.
After making sure the dry Postcrete is completely level we watered it (just using a garden hose) thoroughly.
Unlike normal concrete, you have to make sure that the Postcrete is level before you water it. It dries really quickly, so you won’t have any time for levelling after you’ve wet it.
As usual, we underestimated how long the preparations would take – now all we have to do is build the wall!
Have you ever built a wall? Do you have any tips for us? What were you up to this weekend?