Some say, design is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration, but when it comes to building a garden without the help of any mechanical means, the “90% perspiration” it is most definitely true. Which is why for many, the prospect and scope for realising a new garden, is often more often than not limited by possibility / practicability and not the budget.
Our latest garden project is a good example of this i.e. a large urban garden, overgrown and with restricted access. The restricted access means the only solution for excavation is the good old methods of human effort and elbow grease – and lots of it! Digging hard ground by hand really is no fun and is quite energy draining however it is essential if proper foundations are to be made for planned construction works.
Preparation and Foundations… by hand
The process is rather straightforward, aided by a pre-prepared design we get stuck into clearing the old garden of all unwanted shrubbery and excess plants. We then marked out (sprayed onto ground) the garden with an outline of the design. – That was the easy part; the next stage involves plenty of hand digging to remove excess soil and preparing the ground excavations for foundations. Once we get the concrete foundations poured and set, the next phase of building can commence!