Six on Saturday: Still Stretching the Boundaries

Take one half-decent border (above) and take up the path in front of it:

Take out the plants in the front part of the border and temporarily pot them up, then dig over the remaining soil:

Build a wall round three sides:

Build a wall at the back, put the plants back in and ask the Golfer to lay a new path where the middle of the border had been:

Now build a wall  round the back section of the border:

Hey Presto, job done – and we no longer have that pile of bricks* any more! I have also gained not only level borders but access to plants that were previously in the middle of a border and ones I didn’t realise were still alive, and at least an additional square metre of planting space!

That’s my six for this Saturday, and now I am off to see what the SoS host, Jon the Propagator, has been up to – why don’t you do the same?

*only to be replaced by a different pile of bricks, to create a similar realignment of the adjacent border (although sadly without gaining additional planting space)


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26 Responses to Six on Saturday: Still Stretching the Boundaries

  1. johnvic8 says:

    I just hope to remind you that stoop labor with bricks is not good for a golfer’s back. Please be good to him.

    • Cathy says:

      Not to worry, John, as I am the brickie and the Golfer is merely the path layer, and he always kneels for that – but I shall pass on your concerns for which I am sure he is very grateful. Good to hear from you, as always, and I hope you are both well

  2. Lisa says:

    That looks really nice! And such great looking soil. I have run out of bricks and edgers, and eagerly await finding more free on Craigslist.

    • Cathy says:

      We are lucky with our soil, Lisa, as it is a fairly deep loam. Interestingly, I haven’t considered trying to get bricks for free, and we buy ours from our local reclamation yard – but when we went for more for the next part of the project stocks were running low, and trying to buy sand/cement or mortar mix meant travelling to a furtehr store than usual. I am clearly not the only person building! What are your plans?

  3. jenanita01 says:

    What a difference that made! So much better…

  4. bcparkison says:

    Yahoo…now we know what the bricks were for. good job…look great

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beverley – one of the things I enjoy the most about bricklaying (with recycled bricks) is that when you are done, the end result looks as if it has been their for ages

  5. Well done! Bravo! You’ve given me an idea…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth – and I’m pleased to hear it has triggered thoughts for you. One of the joys of opening the garden is when people say they have been inspired by what they have seen and begin planning something of their own

  6. Nate says:

    Wow! Great job on the bricks! And you make it sound like it was so easy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Nate – and bricklaying is easy, honest, just like Lego except you have to mix a bit of mortar to stick it together! It makes such an impact when its done, too

  7. Chloris says:

    Brilliant job. Can you buy elastic bricks?

  8. tonytomeo says:

    We do not see many projects here nowadays.

  9. Anna says:

    You are a woman after himself’s own heart Cathy. He has spent the last couple of days with a cement mixer and some drainage pipes and has been as happy as a sand boy. Job well done – anything that expands available planting space is a most desirable state of affairs 😂

    • Cathy says:

      I forgot add that I was happy as Larry (who Iam sure will have been a sand boy…!), although I was certainly thinking it, so it’s good to know I was in good company. I wonder what himself is doing – you haven’t had big puddles in your garden have you? One square metre may not sound a lot, but I stretch the boundaries whenever I can and it all adds up…

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