Where once there was only concrete

August 19, 2009

New garden path of recycled and found materials

Not the best photo, but this will give you a little sense of what’s been going on at my house this summer.

All this space used to be your basic concrete patio, cracked and weedy, and of no purpose really. But now, this expanse of bare dirt is 2.5 cubic yards of a 50:50 mix of Cedar Grove compost and sand–my new garden bed! Still to come, a Star Magnolia, blueberries, mock orange, bunchberry, and more.

At the bottom of the photo are some stepping stones, bits of the broken concrete from the patio. And across the middle of the picture is our new (old) path, built of driftwood planks salvaged from Camano Island (lawfully!).

What you can’t see really, is all the trimming and tending of the rhododendrons–sprinkling of blood meal into the soil and a nice new layer of acidic Groco all around them.

Okay. Time to put my boots back on and get outside. There’s still another cubic yard of Cedar Grove Compost to spread about the base of the fruit trees.

p.s. We also took out two concrete sidewalks. When I say “we” it means Perry really, and he reports that he whacked and pried and moved about 14 ton of this stuff.

p.p.s. Some of the concrete chunks were used to build a retaining wall. The rest we rid ourselves of by posting an ad on Craigslist. Funny, a good deal of our old patio being used by Jacy and Stacy to build themselves a new patio.

p.p.p.s. Yes, we need chips! to cover up some of all this bare dirt.

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