Sitmedownuponder Two

garden seating victorian styleOne *book at the HoBB is full of designs from the Victorian era. I like some of their rustic garden structures and have started to grown a roof of ivy as a natural thatch for sun hiding. This roof of ever greenery includes 54 varieties of Ivy and grows around a small circular seating area under two apple trees.

Unusually, we are constructing the sides of this ‘sitmedownuponder’ to support the roof as the ivies grow, and not beforehand. By doing this, we can follow the way the ivies grow naturally and give them the support they are seeking. All plants have a ‘leaning’ and by working alongside the way they determine their growth, the effect looks more natural.

Once the Ivy plants have formed a living roof they will naturally de-foliate on the underside away from the sun and reveal a complex natural lierne vaulted effect or the melon skin shown in the picture above.

At night, up lighters will highlight this complex web of overlapping ceiling stems and from the outside it will look like a large green glowing ball.

The tale of this sitting area will only be told in the growing but with the intention, the ending will forever be alive and useful.

Waves from ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

(*Victorian Do-it-Yourself. E.J.Wiseman ISBN 0 7153 7307 2)

Free from composting frazzle

IMAGENAMEHEREFor the first few years of HoBB Real, grass cuttings were composted separately from the kitchen waste. We tried to keep some composting seed free and had special composting areas for weeds, seeds, sticks and branches.

In the turning of these and continual shifting about of rotted matter, we soon became exhausted so started to build composting piles where we wanted the compost to stay and left it to breakdown without tuning it. This promoted earthworm action and trickle fed each area chosen.

As so much is piled up on these mixed compost heaps very little ever seeds or takes root. As the vegetation break down and the earthworm count rises, we attract snails and moles. The snails are harvested and the digger moles regulate the earthworm population buy turning over the soil terrifically!

We have about fourteen of these compost heaps spread around the HoBB Gardens saving the initial walks to amalgamate the compost material and the eventual walks to distribute the finished compost.

Enriched waves ~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant