Friday, March 5, 2010

New Project Photos

Here at the Tiny Green Cottage we've been very preoccupied with completing our front yard projects. While the construction for the raised beds in the front is finished, we've also decided to fill the spaces between with black plastic (to kill grass and weeds) and layer white stone on top for a finished look.


Here is what the beds looked like in the interim while waiting for the grass to die and the rock to be purchased.

After some creative towing, we got 55 bags of white rock home in my tiny car (on three separate trips).

We arranged the bags into piles and then slashed each one open. These were taken at night, so I apologize about the poor quality. 


The final results! Can't wait for the white of the rock to 'mellow' a little bit with some moss for an aged appearance. We also decided to arrange four matching pots filled with herbs such as French Lavender, Pineapple Mint, Horseradish and Parsley on the gravel. Once these fast-growing herbs fill in, it will age the garden a bit which is what we are striving for.

During all of the excitement, we got our first Daffodil!


Here is one of the aforementioned pots with our Horseradish sprout.

Between all of that, there was also time to build Blueberry Boxes for the side yard. We've filled these with our own ericaneous mixture of pine, peat and regular garden soil.

Additionally, we've also decided to complete our front walkway. The Husband dutifully smashed the concrete of this path two years ago (I will attempt to look for a photograph of it in the original state), but as many home-projects go, our good intentions were waylaid and eventually overtaken by weeds and grass.  Last Sunday, we decided to hand dig our path with shovels and use our rototiller to level out the odd spots. It took about five 1/2 hours to complete.


The next day, our flagstone delivery arrived, and we began to unpack the pallet.


The gravel delivery is today, so this project should be completed and updated soon!


Lisa Blair said...

Wow, these are both BIG projects, and they both look great! Digging that walkway must have been back-breaking work.

Urban Cottager said...

Thank you so much for the nice compliments! The walkway wasn't so bad as we had the rototiller to do a lot of the hard, uneven spaces. But once we got shoveling the project went by very quickly!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You've been really working hard! Your projects are looking great. It's exciting to get them accomplished, especially when they turn out so well. Soon it'll be light longer and you won't have to work in the dark :)

Urban Cottager said...

Thank you Catherine! I'm excited to finally have these done!

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