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Creating Garden Pathways

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Garden path between grape arbor and deck

Since we live on a corner, we have a public sidewalk that goes across the front and down the south side of our property. Between the house and those sidewalks leaves a lot of area for flowerbeds, flowerbeds that couldn’t be accessed if there weren’t pathways winding through the garden. Besides for convenience, garden pathways are

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Garden Path between raised beds and deck

appealing, drawing you into the garden. If I could use any material I wanted for the pathways, I would use old, reclaimed paving bricks. I’d have tiny little plants growing between them and beautiful green moss growing on them.

In the real world though, we’ve found something that is within our budget and looks pretty good. We use wood chips spread pretty deeply (4-6″). They began to break down a bit and we’ve had to add more, here and there. The older they get, the better they look. They do a pretty good job of holding down the weeds and they are not bad to walk on.

Where do we get these chips? When we began work on the yard in 2009, we had 3 huge trees removed. The guys cutting them down ran all of the limbs, that they could, through the chipper. We had quite a few to use, which was great. The next year we noticed there were a couple of spots that needed more chips. We saw a tree trimming crew in the neighborhood and stopped and asked if we could have the chips. Sure, because they were going to have to take them to the city dump and pay to deposit them there, a win/win situation. Keep your eyes out for crews cutting down trees or trimming trees and direct them to your yard.

Another thing that would work would be to use pine straw. Until it breaks down a little, it could be a little slippery, but if you have access to lots of pine straw it would really be put to good use. Plus, pine straw smells so good. I love that about it, smells like you’re in the woods.

You could even use grass, if you don’t mind mowing it. If you already have a lawn and would like to have more bedding space to grow things, then mark the pathways and remove the rest of the sod to prepare the beds for planting. If you did this, it might be best to edge the pathway with something, to prevent the grass from growing into the beds. We’ve used large rocks because here in the Rocky Mountains, that’s what we have access to. I’ve also used old railroad ties or Monkey Grass (Loriope), and both of those work great.

There are so many possibilities, but the idea is to provide a place to stroll through the garden. If you have room for it, along the path would be a really good place for a park bench. Let your imagination run wild as you plan your garden paths.

When landscaping your yard don’t forget to include pathways that draw visitors in and make them want to discover what’s there.

Gardening Thought For The Day…

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Garden with no boundaries

 

The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination.

-Thomas D. Church

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Flowers, herbs and fruit growing along the garden path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planning Your Garden For Next Spring and Summer?

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Gate on grape arbor with pergola over deck in view.

If you like to spend at least part of the winter planning what you’re going to do in your garden next spring and summer, then having a little information can be helpful.

Have you checked out the “Tabs” at the top of the page? Under the “Flowers” tab there are list of annuals, and perennials with their growing habits and needs.

The “Birds” tab will give some information about feeding the birds to keep them coming to your yard to gobble up all those “bad bugs’ eating your garden.

The more information you have, the more successful your garden will be.

Garden Pathways

growing herbs and roses by the pathway.

Pathway between the grape arbor and the herb/flower beds

In our yard we have a sidewalk that is all the way around the house, up next to the house. Since we live on a corner, we have a public sidewalk that goes across the front and down the south side of our property. (See the diagram below) There are connecting sidewalks in the front and on each side. That leaves a lot of area for flower beds. Flower beds that  couldn’t be accessed if there weren’t pathways winding through the garden. Besides for convenience, garden paths are appealing, drawing you into the garden. If I could use any material I wanted for the pathways, I would use old, reclaimed paving bricks. I’d have tiny little plants growing between them and beautiful green moss growing on them.

In the real world though, we’ve found something that is within our budget and looks pretty good. We use wood chips spread pretty deeply (4-6″). They began to break down a bit and we’ve even had to add more, here and there. The older they get, the better they look. They do a pretty good job of holding down the weeds and they aren’t bad to walk on.

Okay, where do we get these chips? When we began work on the yard in 2009, we had 3 huge trees removed. The guys cutting them down ran all of the limbs that they could, through the chipper. We had quite a few to use, which was great. The next year we noticed there were a couple of spots that needed more chips. We saw a tree trimming crew in the neighborhood and stopped and asked if we could have the chips. Sure, because they were going to have to take them to the city dump and pay to deposit them there. A win/win situation. Keep your eyes out for crews cutting down trees or trimming trees and direct them to your yard.

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Garden path from driveway along grape arbor to peach trees.

Another thing that would work, would be pine straw. Until it breaks down a little, it could be a little slippery, but if you have access to lots of pine straw it would really be  put to good use. Plus, pine straw smells so good. I love that about it. Smells like you’re in the woods.

You could even use grass, if  you don’t mind mowing it. If you already have a lawn and would like to have more bedding space to grow things, then mark the pathways and remove the rest of the sod to prepare the beds for planting. If you did this it might be best to edge the pathway with something to prevent the grass from growing into the beds. We’ve used large rocks because here in the mountains, that’s what we have access to. I’ve also used old railroad ties or Monkey Grass (Loriope). Both of those work great.

There are so many possibilities, but the idea is to provide a place to stroll through the garden. If you have room for it, along the path would be a really good place for a park bench. Let your imagination run wild as you plan your garden paths.

 

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Our landscaping plan for pathways and beds - the green areas are flower beds (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden Structures

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Grape Arbor

Garden structures are an important but pretty much overlooked element of a garden. They give support and background to the growing part of the garden. Some of the most useful and beautiful hardscapes would be things like decks, arbors, stone walls, fencing, paved pathways, steps, trellises, gazebos, or sheds and potting areas. There are so many possibilities but a lot depends on your needs and the space you have available to you.

We have a relatively small yard with less than 1/4 acre but we have a large grape arbor (50’x10′) and a large deck (33’x16′) with a pergola over a portion of it. Having a deck gives you a really good place to have potted trees and flowers. Besides those we have a 6′ privacy fence in the back yard and a picket fence in the front and side yards. There is a rose arbor over one of the entrances in the picket fence and a paved sidewalk all the way around the house as well as winding paths all through the garden. All of these things, besides being so useful, add interest to the yard and make the plants look better.

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Deck

Ideally, the hardscapes should go in before the garden is planted but that isn’t always possible. The important thing is not to damage or disturb plants too much in putting them in, but it’s never really too late. Plants can be moved if needed (I’ve sure moved a lot of them),  if done carefully and at the right time.

This is a good time of year for adding things like arbors and decks because the cost of lumber usually goes down in the autumn and builders aren’t quite so busy and may welcome the business.

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Loosestrife and roses by garden gate

These are some of the pictures of the structures in our garden. Even though our yard is small, we made room for them because we thought they would improve our garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting From There To Here – Landscape Gardens and How to Garden

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2011 - Path beside grape arbor with herb bed on right.

I thought I might go ahead and post a picture of the yard now so you won’t think we’re subjecting the neighbors to the eyesore of yesteryear. With a garden design and using the right garden plants, the landscape gardens were created. We used compost, earthworms and some fertilizer in the beds go grow the perennials, herbs, annuals and fruit trees. The raised beds have a special mix in them that we’ll discuss in later posts. Learning how to garden is fun and worth the effort as you create areas to relax in.

In future posts we’ll talk about garden design, landscaping, growing flowers (perennials and annuals), growing vegetables in raised beds, growing fruits and herbs and how to do it all on a budget. We’ll talk about fertilizers and soil and how to care for it.

Please come back often to see what’s going on in the garden.

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2011 - perennial bed beside deck

 

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