For some time now I’ve been meaning to tidy up the ivy that grows on the wall by the patio. Jean next door occasionally sends her gardener to cut back the ivy that’s growing over the top of the wall and frequently points out how much damage it’s doing. I recently came up with a plan to put a temporary/small green house on the patio to assist with the new vegetable-growing hobby, so today I decided that the ivy must go. Now.
I enlisted Lily’s help and so, armed with brushes and secateurs, we set to. I pulled at the top corner and it came away from the wall quite easily.
It was at this point that I looked at the volume of ivy coming off the wall, and at the amount of space remaining in the bin, and wondered if we had bitten of more than could reasonably be chewed in the available time…
It’s fair to say it got messier before it got tidier, by quite some considerable amount of mess. A lot of spiders and wood lice have been re-homed, some, to my delight, in my hair when Lily brushed the wall above where I was leaning over to saw another chunk free – laarvely! Let’s say it’s just as well it was Lily helping me instead of Joel, otherwise he would have run for the hills!
So, it is now all lovely and tidy. To do the job super-properly I think we will need to lift the row of slabs at the end and dig the roots out, but that can wait until another day.
I was armed with my new RHS secateurs with leather holster styled fetchingly here with a pair of old tracky pants – they are awesome – fantasically sharp and the leather holster is great – totally lives up to expectations!
And as a happy bi-product, the Celtic warrior sculpture made by my mother can hang on the wall again – until I get my greenhouse, anyway!
In “proper” gardening news, I then went on to do some dirt re-distribution in the vegetable garden – moved 3 barrowfuls of soil from the new patch to the old, spread it around a bit, then spread compost over the new patch and turned over the compost heap. I’m wondering whether a new set of planks might be in order so that one can fester for a bit while we build up the other one. Will have to mull on that.
All in all a good afternoon’s work – there’s a panoramic view to upload, but wordpress keeps crashing. If it’s added here, I’ve succeeded in getting it to upload!