I’m back with more on the Secret Garden project! First of all, I wanted to show you a special junk find that I’m using for it.
You might even say these prompted me to start this particular project.
Aren’t they cool?
I picked up these porch pillars from the curb a couple summers ago. The homeowners had torn down their entire front porch and started over with all new materials. These were laying out at the curb and I could not believe my good fortune!
It took me 2 trips to get them all home and they’ve been waiting in my storage space ever since.
Waiting for me to get around to this very project.
I purchased some metal post stakes so I wouldn’t have to dig a hole. (have I ever mentioned how much I HATE to dig? Especially post holes, yuck!)
The metal stakes are 30 inches long and take a lot of hammering to get into the ground!
Mike had to help me in the end, I was exhausted!
Then I slipped some 4x4 posts into the top sleeve of the stake.
In the picture below they are very crooked because I was just trying it out and didn’t want to put them in all the way as I still needed to cut the posts down to the right height.
The porch posts are hollow and slip right over the 4x4’s to make fancy fence posts for holding the trellis panels.
I was going to use all 4, but in the small space it was a bit of overkill. Remember, these pics are from the trial run for fit.
Leveling and all that fun stuff will come later.
The end pieces of lattice will be attached directly to the shed on the left and the house on the right.
The entry arbor will be centered between the middle posts.
In the picture above you can see how I’m using the lattice right now to keep curious dogs out of the work area.
See the post stake sticking up in the new center planting bed below?
I have plans for that 4th post!
Ok, so this is where I got sidetracked.
Anytime you’re working on a project the work zone gets rather messy, I get that.
But when I was taking the pictures of the secret garden work, I realized how awful the area in FRONT of the secret garden was. This was beyond construction mess, it was seriously bad.
I was dismayed. How on earth was I ever going to make this look decent?
That brick paver path from the house had been installed by me on a whim one day several years ago and I didn’t level or properly prepare the base.
I just put the bricks on the ground and that was that.
Yeah, I know, that’s dumb.
You’re not supposed to do that.
Well folks, if it’s not prepped right the bricks will sink and water will puddle on the path making it a muddy mess every time it rains (or you use the hose).
Just ask me, I know!
What to do?
It looks like hell.
I bit the bullet, grumbled a lot, and pulled up all the pavers.
And started over.
This time with a shovel and lots of paver base and sand.
3 trips back to Home Depot for even more……
Finally I had it sloped properly away from the house and towards the patio.
I had to reset the whole walkway, leveling, pounding in the pavers and then finding something to edge the walkway to finish it off.
I settled on small retaining wall blocks.
Last night I finished the small section by the Japanese Maple corner.
I was able to use some of the plants Linda had so generously shared with me last month. I still have a lot waiting in the raised planter holding area. (they’re flourishing in there!)
A few bags of mulch finished it off.
Ahhh, much better.
See how easily I get sidetracked?
Tomorrow I’ll get the other side done and then work my way back to the lattice fence build.
Oh yeah, umm, did I mention we have our first party of the summer planned for Sunday?
I’ve got some work to do!