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My little bit of wasteland, which over a year, will transformed into a growing area and garden

I have an unused area of land at the top of my garden. Out of sight out of mind, it’s sat up there for years, a neglected and mostly forgotten bramble patch. The most attention it’s received from me is when I’ve run the petrol strimmer though it. I vaguely remember somewhere under all the weeds and thorny blackberry brambles is a dry-stone retaining wall and soil.

I’ve never known what to do with this little bit of wasteland, but this year, I’m going to turn it around. I’m starting the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture, and I’ll be applying what I learn on the course and transforming this unloved plot into a home allotment. Instead of it presenting a frustrating annual chore, I’m going to enjoy working with it and learn to love gardening.

I’ve never had time or energy to garden. It’s completely new challenge for me. Over the next year I’ll be keeping week-by-week journal of posts of what I’ve learned on the RHS course and sharing them with you.

This is the area of land we will be working with.

So, if like me, you are just starting out, but you don’t have time to attend an RHS course near you this year, this blog will be a practical guide for learner gardeners. We will learn together.