I've finally had a chance to get into the garden over the last couple of days and my body is not thanking me for it! I finally got around to making a few more boxes to try and keep things under control a bit more. Flat land is great in that you can decide what size garden you want for each thing and change the different plots sizes very easily, but... it is a bit hard to keep under control and too easy to plant far more plants than you actually need. Anyway, I spent the last couple of days hauling railway sleepers (with the aid of a wheelbarrow) and making 5 new boxes. 4 have already been filled, but I ran out of steam by the last one and only got as far as making the walls. Hopefully tomorrow I will get some more energy and fill it with some compost, chicken poos and a bit more top soil and it will become my "salad" garden... hopefully! If anyone if living overseas and wants to order seeds from a great company I highly recommend Kings Seeds in New Zealand. Of course they will post to a NZ address, but they will also post overseas and you receive a 15% discount as you don't need to pay the GST. Very fast service.
While I've been building my boxes I've been really happy that the butterfly flowers that I planted a few years ago have self seeded and have made a bit of a hedge in front of my boxes. (The photo isn't great as the light was fading when I finally got around to taking the picture.) I love that my neighbours love to chat, but when you have limited time available to spend in the garden it is sometimes a little bit hard to put on a smiley face when they wander past and make themselves at home and settle in for a long chat. From experience they also like to give their opinion pretty loudly if I am trying something a bit different. The butterfly flowers mean that I can crouch down as they pass by and am usually not noticed. Hopefully tomorrow I will get around to planting a big row of sweetpeas in this area to continue my screening strategy!