Sunday, April 5, 2015

Building a Backyard From Scratch: Edging Begins

Happy Easter! We hope everyone had a great time with family today. We were missing ours, but we stayed busy busy busy the past four days building our backyard. It has involved a lot of time and some money too, but we're slowly making progress.

Step one was a trip to the rock yard to pick out edging for our flower beds and some flagstone for a path. We picked everything out at Alldredge Garden Center with a very nice employee named Calvin. Calvin was sweet enough to deliver all of our choices for free via his trailer. By the way: If you live in Midland and are looking for lawn care, Calvin is your guy! Please contact me for his phone number. He was so knowledgeable and friendly.

Next step, the edging begins. Brendan had already dug the trenches, and then it was a matter of putting the rocks in and adding sand (we went through four bags of sand this weekend).  This took a few hours. 

The window behind our bedroom 

The window behind our living room
Poor Brendan dug a hole to bury each of the flagstones to make our little path. I lined the stones up, but he did all of the digging, and I know that was exhausting. 

Up next: a trip to Home Depot to buy garden soil and herbs. It took so much digging and work (for both of us), to get the bed ready, but, finally, my dream of an herb garden became a reality. I decided where to plant everything and dug the holes myself...let's hope I have a green thumb. 

I planted sweet mint, spearmint, peppermint, oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley, sage, thyme, lemon thyme, and dill. I hope all of my herbs thrive. I'm pretty darn excited about it! 

Tomorrow, Brendan is putting down weed guard in the backyard to keep all of the dirt from blowing around in the crazy winds we have in spring until we can get the ground covered with other things. We want to eventually put down some trees, plants, and shrubs edged with river rock and a patch of grass (eventually two). Non-landscaped areas would be covered with crushed granite over the weed guard. 

The backyard is going to take us...forever, and this is just the beginning! It feels fun to have an outdoor space that's all our own though. Do you have any tips for an herb garden? If so, please leave them in the comments.

We look forward to seeing what's to bloom in thyme (hahaha).


  1. Don't water the rosemary too much. Also, pinch off the flowers from the rosemary and basil so the plants don't get too woody.


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