This was a large landscaping project with a new build of two houses in Twyford. A large effluent bank separated the two houses which had specific requirements with smaller gardens around the properties and a large perimeter hedge to seperate the properties from the surrounding orchard and neighbours.
Projects don’t have to be big to be very satisfying. It was great seeing this small neglected corner of the section transform into an inviting low maintenance garden that is a pleasure to look at while hanging out the washing.
Henry Hill School
It was great fun transforming these tired old spaces into places the kids can chill out with a book or sit and chat with their friends. The kids had no reservations about rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in to get the hard work done
The new owners of this property in Havelock North wanted to add street appeal while creating a low maintenance hardy garden. A good mix of foliage colours and textures creates year round interest. With a plan in place they set to work and a year on the garden is looking fantastic.
Porritt School Edible Garden Project
This was a fantastic project to be involved with. The school and special fundraising committee raised the money to establish an edible garden for the students and families of the school. Students will learn the importance of growing, harvesting and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
I provided the garden design for free as part of our community sponsorship program. Kids Can Charity donated over 20 fruit trees with compost and stakes.
We put in raised beds for the kids to grow crops of vegetables and installed gardens with lots of fruiting berries and plants. Bearing in mind that most need to fruit during the school year. We sprayed off the grass to put down limesand paths to cut down on maintenance and it is an ideal affordable option. Being Tamatea the soil was very sandy so we added lots of compost to improve water retention and increase soil fertility. All plants were also planted with Novatec a combination slow and fast release fertiliser.