Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Gardening and Yard Projects

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2014 7:57 AM CST

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Thought we might want a thread to talk about what we're working on in our yards!

My yard project yesterday was repairing the wooden steps that go down to my back patio! This was a priority as 3-4 weeks ago I fell down these steps in pursuit of a butterfly and sprained my ankle.

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The old steps were narrow and increasingly rickety. I know it's not the prettiest thing ever created, but it works and is safe!!



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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2014 9:35 PM CST
The steps look great.

Around here everything was a project for years and years. Finially gotten to the point where I am not creating new garden beds.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 4, 2014 9:40 PM CST

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thanks Rita! I think you deserve to relax and enjoy what you've created! Smiling

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Aug 7, 2014 12:54 PM CST
I don't build anything, but I will add this little project to this thread in case no one saw it anywhere else. We lost a big old weeping cherry tree several years ago. Storms can really take away things you love within seconds and this tree was a landmark tree it was here so long in front of our old old barn. The stump was not removed for some reason, I think it was because at the time we removed the tree and did not have a stump grinder, and that old stump sat there just reminding us of the tree and looking ugly.

One day I threw a few buckets of soil on top of it and planted a few chunks of sedum. I kept adding to it when I had used soil from the greenhouse, each time adding a bit more sedum or hosta or whever I could find. Here are some pictures of how it looked and how it looks now.

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May and June of 2014
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It cost nothing to cover the stump, the plants were from other plants here on the farm and the soil was being recycled from the greenhouse dead plants. I am sure other people have done similar things with old stumps, but I just thought it was amazing how it has become another pretty garden to look at when not too long ago it was an ugly old stump.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 7, 2014 1:02 PM CST

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Wow great idea JB! It looks really nice! Smiling the sedum is perfect
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Container Gardener Hummingbirder Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds
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JB
Aug 7, 2014 1:18 PM CST
Thank You!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2014 1:39 PM CST
It sure does look really pretty plus it was a very good and cost effective idea!

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