Although Chris finished constructing the compost bins a few weeks ago they really need a slabbed area in front of them if they are to properly useable. Moreover, we would like to make the area big enough to put our garden bench; it will be in just the right place to sit with a nice cup of tea and watch the bees!
So last week he begun the job of preparing the ground. He needed to dig out the top soil to a reasonable level so that there is room for hardcore and sand on which to bed the slabs.
This week he carried on with the job. He was pleased when, after a while, Luke came to join him. The amount of top soil being dug out was a little problematic. They have already made me a couple of little hillocks which I hope will make a suitable nesting place for bumble bees.
I thought that the rest of the soil might be added to the large round flower bed that we recently made in the middle of our lawn.
We are hoping that by the time the soil is spread about it will make a nice gentle mound.
With Luke’s help the paved area was soon dug out. The two chaps also enjoyed discussing whether it was the right depth for what it will be used for. Then Luke had to go but Chris cut some weedproof membrane to size.
Then he covered it with hardcore.
It’s really starting to take shape now isn’t it!