The garden PLAN
Our neighbors were going to tear out their flagstone patio and wanted to get rid of it all. Never one to turn down some free flagstone - even if the plan ddn't call for it - we decided to take it and that helped kick star us into figuring out how this area was going to look.
The area BEFORE
In the end we didn't detract from the overall "idea" of the landscape designer. We just had to tweak it to fit A) flagstone (not square 4x4 pads) and B) the attached shed which we decided to keep (and the plan doesn't have).
Pulling up the old pavers, leveling out the sand
We made the garden beds more rounded, keeping with the flow of the other garden beds (as opposed to the square beds in the design), although the placement of them still causes concern for te types of vegetable we are going to plant.
Laying the new flagstone
Against the house, I hesitate to plant veggies because I don't want to water close to the foundation. And the other bed, I hesitate to plant anything that gets messy looking because it's out in the open. So the vegetable aspect is still a work in progress.
Adding extra topsoil, compost and sand between the stones
On the other hand, this area is very hot and sunny so I can play with different plants that I can't otherwise have in my backyard garden beds.
Adding the mulch
To be continued next Spring ...