Out with the Patio, In with the Garden

>> Thursday, May 19, 2011

We're not exactly experienced landscape architects. And of the two of us, I have much more trouble feeling comfortable with a garden shovel in hand. But in learning to love our home again, we're making the most of our outdoor space this summer.

A few years ago, we had put in a "patio" of sorts.

We enjoyed it for a while, but it never totally looked great. As the years went on, more and more weeds started popping up -- exposing our we-had-NO-idea-how-to-build-a-patio-correctly reality.

So we decided to rip the whole thing up and make a garden with a walkway.

It took lots of digging (mostly on Stephen's part).

Lots of mulch.

And lots of time.

But we were able to use many plants from around the house and much of the stone we had purchased originally. Overall, we spent about $80 on some new perennials, mulch, a bit of stone, and other small supplies.

We just need to finish the walkway (we can't seem to find 12" stone similar to what we already have ANYWHERE) and use some terra cotta paint to spiff up the chiminea. Otherwise, we're loving the more-finished look.

Our next focus is on our vegetable garden. We're hoping to expand its size (to at least double what it is now) . . . and plant a variety of good stuff.

Like these herbs from my mother-in-law.

Any suggestions? Or do you have grand garden plans of your own this year? I'm thinking we started pretty late, but we had no other choice when our house was on the market. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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