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Anita Woodwell, My Garden (NP4)

Styles: Allotment or vegetable plot, Courtyards and small terraces, Rural, Water, Wildlife

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South

Exposure: Exposed

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

My garden is on a south-facing hillside in South Wales, with panoramic views up and down a valley and, on a clear day, across the Severn to England. It is triangular in shape, due to a footpath running NE to SW forming one boundary, tapering the property down to a point at the South end. I - with considerable help from builders and my keen-gardener sister and brother-in-law - have created 3 main levels: a paved terrace at the top up against the house, a lower terrace comprising evergreen shrubs (plus a weeping willow), and an "orchard" (just 3 apple trees) at the point of the triangle at the bottom. In an alcove between the house and the paved terrace, we have planted a herb garden with room for lettuces and other vegetables in season.

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Anita Woodwell

Anita Woodwell

About me
I am a priest in the Church in Wales (Anglican) and a member of a dispersed religious order. I've never before had a garden of my own, and as a Diocesan officer I don't have much time to spend in it, but I'm enjoying it immensely.

Gardening expertise
Keen but Clueless

Biggest gardening accomplishments
The design and planting of my hillside garden, beginning in January 2010.

Biggest gardening frustrations
My war with the weeds, especially the bindweed which must have grown unchecked all over this property for years before I bought it.!

The gardening project I am currently working on
Getting the weeds down enough to plant "rough grass" in my diminutive "orchard." Also sinking a large tub to install a small water feature.

 

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