Like most people, we found ourselves with more time on our hands during lockdown. Time to do something about the chuckies in the front garden that we have always hated and were looking scruffier than ever this year.

The first part of the process was to dig out the chuckies and put them to use hiding a random patch of concrete at the back of the garden. With the help of a couple of sleepers it makes that wee bit look a whole lot better. Now the perfect place for our son to hang his hammock!

The front looked fairly barren when the stones were lifted. We also discovered a huge amount of granite, which is now used in lots of gardens across the city and has helped us create a new path to the steps. Much easier to navigate now!

A ton of topsoil helped improve the ground which was pretty rough. Ideal for the meadow seeds I bought, inspired by how beautiful the city verges and green spaces looked when they hadn't been cut (controversial, I know!) and the #nomowmay challenge.

It was also a great opportunity to replant my rhubarb which was struggling after i put it in a pot. I didn't know till afterwards that they don't like being moved, but the front garden was a great space for it - I made loads of jam, a few crumbles and have a wee batch of gin infusing which im looking forward to.

We also shoved some runner beans in and a few pea plants. The runners did nothing at all, but the peas did their thing and offered a wee treat most days as we passed the front door. Nothing like the smell and taste of a home grown pea stolen when the adults aren't looking!

The star of the show though has to be the meadow seeds. For a while it looked like nothing was happening, but then the shoots came through and it has been amazing watching the flowers pop through each day. Even now at the start of September there are new flowers popping through. there will be some work to do maintaining it which I hadn't realised. We'll need to strim it and shake out all the flower seeds so that it comes back next year. Its been a talking point on the street, neighbours have enjoyed watching it grow and lots of folk stopping to chat about it on the way past.

I'd encourage anyone with a spare bit of ground to shove some seeds in and see what happens. We'll throw some left over meadow seeds onto the verge at the corner of the street and hop the flowers grow there - joining the crocus and daffodils we put in a few years ago. they make me smile every time I see them.