Building a Raised, Graveled Seating Area
As you may have read in a previous post I’ve been wanting to transform the garden a little and give it a garden makeover.
Rather than just a piece of grass surrounded by shrubs and flowers I want to create a garden that leads you on and encourages to explore a little further. I want separate, distinct areas to the garden and to create a bit of a journey’ as you go through it.
Of course I haven’t been able to go the whole hog yet in a Groundforce style as these things cost quite a bit, but I have now finished on the structure of the middle part of the garden. I’ve dug a new large flower border in the middle of it and to one side of this I have constructed a raised area filled with gravel upon which I’ve put a bench.
The raised area is actually over a concrete tank so there was very little soil depth here and the grass wasn’t growing too well. It also covers 2 ugly drain covers. It wasn’t difficult to build. After deciding on its shape I simply put some log edging around it keeping them at the height I wanted, put some membrane down and then started the back breaking task of moving 3 tonnes of gravel from the front of the garden to the back of the garden in a wheel-barrow. Once the area was filled with gravel and raked over it transformed the garden.
It will take a little while for the plants around it to grow and make it feel as though is is supposed to be there, but I’m pleased with the result and it certainly adds to the garden.
I do need to plant a few larger shrubs behind the bench though to give it a more sheltered, secluded feel. All we need now is for summer to return so that we can sit out there and enjoy it.