Building a garden by hand: Part 2

Building a garden by hand: Part 2

Building a garden by hand: Part 2When the garden had been cleared, excavations dug and foundations laid we began the fitting the shiplap timber wall cladding. Both the upper and lower levels of the gardens ground have also been excavated in preparation for the hardcore base.

Dry stonewall cladding
Once the new perimeter landscaping works were completed our focus then moved to the dry stone walling structure for the raised beds. Dry stonewalling is a beautiful timeless crafted finish for any wall that has many admirers and is well cherished. But achieving a high quality detailed finish does involve considerable handwork and dressing of the stone.  The process:  Stone is individually selected and dressed (chopped, chipped or cut to a particular shape) for a specific position in the wall. As it develops the random shape and size of the stonework forms a jigsaw which will eventually combine/ fuse together harmoniously.

Building a garden by hand: Part 2

As work progresses, dust and stone remnants lay scattered and in contrast to yesterday and at first sight, it may look as if we’re in reverse but we’re really making progress and definitely going forward. There’s love and pride in that residual dirt and dust.

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