Boy can you see how dirty our siding is in this pic. But that's not what we're going to talk about today. Today, we're going to talk about what we did with the ground surrounding the garden beds.
I did a lot of research on what to use to stop weeds and I finally landed on using a layer of thick paper (the brown stuff that you use to protect floors) and then a layer of thick plastic. We've tried other approaches before and within a couple of months the area was covered in weeds so I'm hoping this works a lot better. We also but a layer of brick along the back where the rain water tends to land. This was all in preparation for the next step... stone.
It is really worth doing a little searching when looking for things like stone. The easy thing would have been heading over to Lowe's and buying the stone we liked. This would have been pretty pricy though so we searched around and finally landed on a local gravel yard that was albeit much sketchier, but significantly cheaper. Plus they delivered and ended up giving us 1.5 times the amount we ordered since we picked a stone that they don't have ordered very often and they had a lot hanging around so we ended up getting 1.5 cubic yards for $110. Above is what the stone looked like when it was first spread and below is after a few rainstorms.
You can really see all our little veggies now! We added a trellis for the beans and peas and when the tomatoes get a little bigger we'll be adding tomato cages.
We are loving the change back here. We still have some cleaning and painting to do back here but the big stuff is now finished! This area looks so much neater and the backyard is so much more functional now.
If you want to see how we got to this point, check out the links below
Linking To: Hi Sugar Plum, The Great Indoors, House of Hepworths, My Repurposed Life, Our Delightful Home, Five Days Five Ways, Serenity Now, Lovely Etc., The Rooster and the Hen, Six Sisters Stuff, Tatertots and Jello, Wayward Girls Crafts, Twigg Studio, Serendipity and Spice, Ask Anna, Home Stories A to Z, Uncommon Designs, House wives of Riverton, Crafty Texas Girls, Southern Institute, Watch out Martha!, http://www.myrepurposedlife.com http://www.lizmarieblog.com/ http://missmustardseed.com/