Here are a few before shots. We had to wipe the slate clean of weeds, scraggly thorned plants, two giant yucca with even giant-er tuberous roots, and a small tree planted much to close to the foundation. Then we raised the landscape bed with compost and mulch, before adding plants or edging.
|Clean slate, after clearing weeds this winter|
|Working the soil in the spring|
And now, with the matching brick and plantings! For the most part, the edging is containing the raised bed and keeping the chicken destruction to a minimum. I still have to occasionally scoop up some mulch from the drive and replace it in the herb bed, as that is Atomic's favorite worm-hunting ground. But for a $30 investment in bricks, it has been a very satisfactory improvement.
|A nice view of the climbing vine shielding the porch|
|My kitchen herb garden, right outside the mudroom door|