So today we had two missions: get the vegetable garden bed done, and tackle the front garden area. We got an early start, heading to our local Big Box store to get the supplies. In all we ended up making three trips to the Big Box to get everything. But the end result? Spectacular!
First we unloaded the 24 bags of topsoil and garden soil we got during our first trip for Denis’ veggie garden, as well as the various items for my front garden. We had just enough time to take a “before” picture and rip out the old stuff before I had to take CootieBoy to a birthday party.
Isn’t it awful? The original owners had English ivy there, which I can’t understand. Who puts ivy in a garden bed right next to their house? Not me! When we ripped it out we laid down fresh weed barrier and rubber mulch, which was ridiculous. The mulch would blow all over the place in a rainstorm, and the weed barrier was more like a weed cultivator. As you can see.
Anyway, once I got home from taking CootieBoy to the party I began laying down the new weed barrier along with the edging pavers. I only got about half done before I had to leave to go pick up CootieBoy from the party. While I was gone Denis took care of getting out the last of the ivy that was still lingering in the front garden area. That stuff is pernicious and I hope that’s the last we’ll see of it.
After picking up CootieBoy he and I headed back to the Big Box for the second time and picked up more river rock and edging pavers. Upon arriving home I went right to work, with Denis’s help. We got down the remaining pavers (just enough!) and river rock, only to find we STILL needed more river rock. We had already used 15-20 bags at this point. Yeesh.
Denis wanted to go to the grocery store, so he agreed to pick up more river rock. While he was gone I brought my flower containers to the front and arranged things the way I wanted. Then upon his return (with 10 more bags) we laid out the rest of the river rock.
We’ll still need more rock in order to go under the shrubs and up against the house, but we’ll pick up 5-6 more bags next weekend. In the meantime, I’m very pleased with the final result. And I’m sure our neighbors are happier too. *lol*
Next week, we prep the front yard to extend the landscaping bed – this will include getting out all the old mulch, weed barriers and grass, then laying down fresh weed barrier and edging.