First – Happy Mama’s Day to all the Mama’s out there – no matter the kind of Mama you are! I spent yesterday with my Mama, and I’ll share our fun in another post.
But for now we’re back in the garden
You may recall, that two years ago, I scoured every Dollarama with in a 20 km radius to get enough stone tiles to edge the Little Bee garden and Butterfly Gardens.
And at first, it looked wonderful. But those stones were just glued onto a thin fabric mesh so after two Winters and some wet Springs…
…things were not looking nearly as spectacular. Not only were they sunk – the weeds and lawn were starting to reclaim them. Throughout the growing season, I tried to keep the weeds down, but it was a losing game. Before I put them down, I really should have laid some sand, and then plastic beneath them. I tried to pull them up to do just that, but after two years, the mesh was falling apart and most of them ripped as I pulled them up. I needed a better solution.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been haunting websites and home improvement stores and weighing my options. In the end, I decided to keep it simple.
Just a simple on-soil black garden edging. I even had enough to edge the fruit garden, which never had an edging before. It’s not fancy, but it’s simple, tidy, and easy to maintain. I need to pick up some soil to back fill a bit. I’m quite pleased with it and I’m going to pick up some more so I can do the rest of the gardens to match. And if you notice… it gives me about a foot more space all around the garden! Yay! More plants!
I do still have to pull up the stone pathway between the Butterfly and and Butterfly expansion gardens, but I need to get some stepping stones to put in its place…
And the path was occupied at the time anyway.