I can't believe how that past week has flown! I am sorry that it has been a week since i last posted! I guess i have been a little pre-occupied with things such as preparing for an over sea's trip to India in the next 10 days, lots of jars of relish being made and i am also organising a baby shower for a friend this weekend!
I have been meaning to show you the progression of our herb garden and rustic brick path that we have been creating for the last 6 months at the back of our house. It has taken so long because we have been scavenging around for more old rustic bricks to finish off the path. SO finally we found enough to do so and have finally finished it!
These photo's were after Bevan has done some pruning and clearing so it looked a lot worse than this. These photo's were taken about July 2010 after we moved in.
In late August 2010, Bevan and I got to work clearing the rest of the shrubs and starting with a blank canvas. We had (Read Post HERE)
There was a LOT of hard yakka involved in getting it to this stage and I have to admit I was not involved a great deal in getting rid of the hard roots and shrubs, my poor husband did that! We installed a long piece of white flexible drainage pipe around the garden which enables us to place our grey water from the washing machine in it to water the plants.
Our idea for this garden was to create a rustic brick path using reclaimed bricks up the center of it. We also wanted to incorporate a circular brick design at the entrance of the path which we can place a small cafe style setting on it!
Read about our path inspiration HERE
In early September 2010 we were able to start building proper garden beds and plant herbs and salad items such as lettuce and spring onions. It all looked a little bare and uninviting but we persevered with our idea.
Bevan created this cute little wooden bench out of a tree that he cut down (It's all about recycling!) It created a nice interest point to the garden!
We laid a bed of crusher dust down over the black soil to cushion the bricks, reduce movement and have a more stable foundation to lay them upon.
In November 2010 we started collecting old re-claimed bricks ( Read about our Scavenging Adventure HERE)
And got to work removing the old limestone mortar.... on about 400 bricks!
Part 2 on our Herb Garden & Rustic
Path Story will continue in my next post....
Meanwhile i want to wish every a Happy AUSTRALIA DAY for tommorrow. I hope you all have something relaxing planned whether it be a picnic in the park, a swim at the beach or a bbq in the backyard. Enjoy this time with family and friends and be proud to be an AUSSIE tommorrow!