I installed this stone path last fall, and this summer it’s greatly cut down on the amount of time spent weeding around the back yard veggie garden (which you can barely glimpse growing within the log walls. You can see one kale plant in the nearest upturned hollow stump, next…
I’m very happy with this landing, it’s beautiful and attentive to the space it occupies. You can see I’ve finished the path that goes off to the left, but at this point hadn’t started to set the path straight ahead. This garden was barren compacted clay soil when I first…
I’m very happy with this big project nearing completion. A mixed border planting undulates in and out from the old stone wall and the undulation will be reflected in the height of the plantings as they establish through the season.
I’m very happy to be doing a complete overhaul of a small urban garden of a two family home on a busy street in Boston. The paint colors of the house are very inspiring and I am purposely choosing bloom colors that will POP against it. The garden is on a very steep slope, which will actually show off the plant choices quite well, but presents a problem with the mulch over-running the low cobble barrier.
I hadn’t planned on doing anything to the cobbles, but when I was weeding I realized how big they actually were! So I went down the line raising each about and inch and a half, which will alleviate to mulch erosion a wee bit.
Sometimes gardening is like accidental archaeology. In my digging I find clues and artifacts of the past. In this case I found that these cobbles weren’t set in a compacted permeable medium like gravel or stone dust, so they sank into the earth as the soil compacted over time. I also learned that the concrete sidewalk had been poured (or perhaps re-poured) since the cobbles had been installed, because the last 5 stones I has to hit with a sledgehammer to dislodge them from the sidewalk’s edge.
Archaeology aside, I’m excited about the future of this little garden