We were hired in October this year to create a back yard oasis for a newly retired lady who has such a green thumb I was envious. Her flowers in pots were so healthy and beautiful. I first visited her in September when everything was in bloom. Such lush healthy plants were a feast for the eyes. She wanted everything in raised garden boxes to tidy up her small space. We suggested cedar as it stands up to the test of time and is so beautiful. The job took much longer then expected as the rains came and have stayed. With 29 days of rain in October it hampered our effects but we persevered. The largest garden box built is 15 feet 4 inches long. It had to built at our house and then trucked to her place to put in place. It took three of us to load it and had to ratchet strapped into the truck. It took 1 yard of wood chips in the bottom and 1.5 yards of organic garden soil to fill it. Each of the garden boxes were built to be portable. The rules of the condominium complex are: anything built must be moveable and it must be a minimum of six inches from the fence.
The greatest challenge of the job was to level everything for the boxes and the patio. The sod was taken out first and then the soil taken out to level it. We added 1/2 of a yard of sand behind the garden boxes so weeds would never be a problem. The sand is about 6 inches deep. It also allows good drainage during rainy season. We considered adding mulch behind the boxes but knew it would hold moisture up against the boxes and encourage moss to grow. So sand was the best choice. Another 1/2 yard was used to level the patio area and poured between the stones to hold them in place.
So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Half of the garden boxes were built at our house and half were built on site. We also added a patio in an area 5 x 10 with a beautiful garden potting table we built for her to complete the job. It has completely transformed her back yard and we love how it looks and more importantly…So does she!
What a wonderful lady and a wonderful project…thanks Crissy! We shall miss your great cups of coffee and your mmmm sticky buns for coffee breaks!
Happy Gardening…see you in the garden or the garden centre! 🙂
Patio area before and after
Before and after corner garden
Back yard before and in progress
Largest garden box complete and planted