How does your garden grow? My little vintage caravan

Last month I told you all about my plans for creating a gorgeous garden over the summer and so far we’ve managed to save a bit of money by thrifting a fence and doing a lot of digging to even out the undulating lawn. After finishing the construction of our new fence we could really see what kind of space we were working with so hubby and I decided to draw up some rough plans for the garden. I’m sure the design will change as we go along and will be mostly based on what we can afford to spend on the garden at the time. For now, there’s one thing that’s clear – we want to move my little vintage caravan into a new location at the bottom of the garden.

planning a new garden

It will be central to the lawn and should be easier for me to access with a path or stepping stones along the side of the grass – no more trekking over muddy ground to get into my caravan workshop anymore woo! Previously the caravan had just been sitting on the grass with a couple of paving slabs underneath the supporting legs. This ended up looking quite messy when the grass and weeds grew beneath the caravan because I couldn’t get underneath it with a mower nor could we move the caravan without help. So before we moved the caravan into the new location, we decided to lay down a base of weed-proof sheeting covered with wood chippings to keep down the grass and weeds, and we put the paving slabs in the corners to support the legs of the caravan.

After preparing the base, we got help from our family to move the caravan down the garden and into position alongside the new fence. It took quite bit of shoving, because the caravan had actually sunk into the ground in its original position and needed digging out a bit before we could get it rolling down the garden. We weren’t moving it far but we needed to be careful when manoeuvring it into position – we didn’t want to damage the fence we’d just put up or the fruit trees we’d planted!

We made sure the caravan was level but when we stepped back it looked completely wonky because there was a slope on the ground from left to right. This might be something to level out in the future (with a lot more digging!) but I don’t mind leaving it as it is for now. Eventually there will be a little patio outside the front of the caravan and the ground will have to be levelled out for this, so in the meantime I’m just going to grow a couple of pots of lavender at the front and hope that no one notices!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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