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Design beginnings for the back

Hi Chris, I was busy again this weekend – I don’t know where this energy comes from!! The bags of compost arrived from Nonke – all 30 of them!! They are super heavy and I had to scheme how I was going to bring each one to the back garden. I worked out a 3-phase plan to get each bag into the wheel barrow, whew! I managed to get 15 bags (one at a time!) to the back. I filled the raised beds.

[one_half]30 bags of compost![/one_half]

[one_half_last]4 bags per raised bed[/one_half_last]

I also created a work of art with the plants I bought at the Nonke Plants Open Day. Here are the lavender – yes, more lavender – and the ground-cover grasses.

[one_half]Lavendula stoechas-Lavender Lace[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lavendula-Raspberry Ruffles and Festuca glauca[/one_half_last]

Now the fun starts!! I am glad the weather played along. I have to say, that this was really hard work and my body was full of aches and pains the next morning.

[one_half]Now let’s begin[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Let’s start small[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Nod of approval[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Starting with a pathway[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Keep it straight![/one_half]

[one_half_last]First landscape design complete![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Looks fabulous![/one_half]

[one_half_last]I’m super happy with results![/one_half_last]

I hope you enjoyed and approve of my first designed pathway. I like doing small projects now so I can see my garden develop. Next will be the lawn patch. I’ll keep you posted! I can’t wait for next weekend!

I must keep the chickens off the pathway – I have a feather duster stuck in the ground next to it!  So amazing how great this works!

Have a great week!

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

17 replies on “Design beginnings for the back”

I LOVE this idea. I live in Sidney BC in canada. I think I might just “borrow” this idea for the new veggie garden I’m putting in.

That will be wonderful. Go right ahead … stay in touch and let us see photos of your progress. Good luck. 🙂

Yes. They are very helpful! Just a bit destructive when I’m not looking.they can destroy something I’d minutes. So Ihave to watch them.

Your garden looks really nice. I love seeing the chickens supervising your work, but I can see how it would be important to keep them out of the way and off the path.

Hi Barbie! It looks fabulous! Are the path tiles wood or cement? I want to do something similar and don’t know whether to buy cement or wood path slabs?

I never heard the feather duster trick. Love your pathway! You are really working hard, and it’s coming along so fast! It looks great! I can’t wait to see your entire garden completed.

Barbara that looks fantastic! Makes me excited for fall so I can tackle some of the projects it’s become too hot to do. Yes, what are the steps made from?

Thanks! I have so much more energy in winter. In the summer I can’t wait to relaxant enjoy my garden. They are wood sectns.

yes me too. these are wood sections. I would love to do my whole pathway idea with wood sections and stones. But the chickens will have a field day destroying it! I’ll have to wait until Ihave a section for them in the garden.

It is funny how some inanimate object keeps birds in line. All I have to do with my cockatoo is show him a glove. Instant obedience. I will have to see how he reacts to a feather duster, but chances are he will want to kill it. Your garden is really coming along nicely. I like the stone path with the mini grass.

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