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Monday, 25 June 2012

More redesigning and loads of free bricks

With my plans for re-structuring the garden, we'd expected to have to buy more slabs or bricks - so when 'lots of bricks' were offered on Freecycle, we asked for them. There were rather a lot!

And some nice shaped cobbles for edging or circular features.
The task then was to decide how best to use them - and to clear them from the patio. This is step 1 - a small paved area by the repositioned bench. It's not quite finished off because a rhubarb root is in the way and I don't want to move it at this time of year.
 We now need to make a path through the flowers to the lawn instead of walking through and crushing them.

Step 2 - finding out how many bricks will be needed to replace the path to the greenhouse which was made of old broken slabs.

checking the width of the new path

Step 3 - and at last the fundamental design of the new garden falling in to place - I'm using some of the remainder of the bricks to mark out two arcs either side of the main path. Inside the arcs will be small annual flowers and plots for growing veg seedlings. Outside are larger or perennial plants -on one side foxgloves and a wigwam of mangetout peas, and on the other the rhubarb.


  1. Wow - what a very impressive and useful haul of bricks and pavers! Can't wait to see the finished results.

    In answer to your question Maryom - yes - my little bantams are brilliant at eating the pests - baby slugs, big slugs, et al - oh and ants, ants nests in the lawn, in the gaps between the paving slabs - they are brilliant! We haven't had any ants in the house - touch wood - since we have had them!

    1. It's a pity we can't keep chickens here - ants are a dreadful nuisance! Hubby went to plant out peas at the allotment today and uncovered a huge nest there (glad I wasn't with him!)