So it seems the job of gardening in the new house has fallen to me and the thoughtful folk who came to the family housewarming bought us a shit load of plants. Anyone here got a green thumb? I'm very new to all of this and my gardening knowledge only extends to watching the odd episode of Burke's Backyard as a kid.
Having no tools, I went to Bunnings the other day and bought shovels, shears, branch cutters, watering cans and shit. We inherited a neat electric lawnmower from our parents neighbour which works well, even though I massacred the lawn a few weeks ago by having it too short, it's grown back fine though.
Following Doc's advisement I also got some Seasol to put on the lawn as in the corners it's dead. Apparently the previous owner's dog would have pissed there, killing the grass. Hopefully it'll rejuvenate it and start growing again soon.
Another job would be to install reticulation in the back yard, it's quite a large grassed area (9x13m) and I'd need to plan it out properly and spend a weekend putting it in but I think it's doable. Nothing fancy like hooking it up to mains, just a hose plug on one end near the tap so I can plug a hose in it and give it hell for half an hour on watering days. Mains/timers and shit can come later.
In the meantime i've set up ~37m of that holey hose stuff around the edges. Around the edges there's raised beds ~1m wide with rose bushes on the two sides and a big bushy creeper bush along the back. It was a fucking mission threading it under the overgrown bush at the back and i've got the wounds to prove it, but I got it in there and while there isn't as much water coming out at the far end of the hose it still gets wet and the bitch plants will love it. Same principle here, just plug the hose in and let her rip for 20 mins on the watering days.
One of the rose bushes at the end is dead and I'm thinking of ripping it out and starting a herb garden. Really have no experience with it though so will need to do some research.
I know it seems like it's not something Twelve would usually talk about, and people renting houses would have barely thought about it except for mowing the lawn before inspections, but I thought it was worth a try.