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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 30, 2018 3:38 PM CST
Hi there,

I have pulled out a whole bunch of the grass and weeds next to my big bed. I lined that bed with lobelia. I have maybe four feet cleaned out where I want to put stones as a walk, division between the beds. I have lobelia waiting to be planted. I just keep staring at the void unable to make a decision. About how wide would you make a path? The path division stops the one bed and begins the next. I would rather have more garden, less path. Or should I just get the rock first. Maybe that's the common sense thing to do. I want it pleasing to the eye but functional.

Any opinions welcome!!

Thank You!

Mindi
Name: Rj
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Apr 30, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Wide enough so that 2 people can walk side by side comfortably.
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Legalily
Apr 30, 2018 4:44 PM CST
I agree with Rj. In my timber bed however I have a path of single stones and it seems to work fine. It also depends on how large the plants on either side of the path will be getting. You don't want to get smacked every time you walk through, but be able to walk through comfortably. And have fun Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 30, 2018 4:52 PM CST
Thank you for your guidance!! It is making a snake "s" shape. On both sides will be lobelia and at the very end is a set of verbena but it's kind of cool because that is where the neighbors yard will stop the path. I will keep in mind the plants so that they don't overtake the path 😀

Mindi
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 30, 2018 6:22 PM CST
I have a very big bed in the front yard. If I didn't create a path, it would be a long walk to the other side.
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So I created neighbor-friendly path to be used by anyone who wants to cross over from one side into our yard i.e. UPS and FedEx Man. It won't fit 2 people side by side as it is functional more than a strolling path. I have to keep the path clear as ajuga and the fern always creeps into the path! It is about 20"wide in most places with a slow slope downward.
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 30, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Shadygreenthumb,

Your garden is gorgeous. You have a BIG garden. I just have a residential property that Iam making beds with all the available space lol. My path will likely be a one person walk (Me), but I am thinking maybe two feet thick and Iam going to measure it. It's shaped kind of like a snake. Just need the rocks but I am really jumping to plant the lobelia border. I like to see things in my mind and just take it one step at a time. But I couldn't figure out how many feet without wasting gardening space!!

Love your yard!!
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Mindi
Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Apr 30, 2018 7:05 PM CST
Cheryl ! Stunning ! Until I met you, I thought of TX as dry, dusty and tumble weeds. You have a stunning garden.

Mindi-I made my path 5 bricks & in some places 8 bricks wide. Of course, it has flower-creep but I don't mind.

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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 30, 2018 7:13 PM CST
Wow katesflowers,

What amazing brickwork!! Did you do it by hand? I love the circular part!! You have a huge yard too!!!

I shall not be envious lol of these beautiful gardens!! Rolling on the floor laughing

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Apr 30, 2018 7:46 PM CST
Both gardens and pathways are stunning Cheryl and Kathy Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Beautiful Hurray!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 30, 2018 8:16 PM CST
@katesflowers I was just listening in NPR to an author from Texas who just wrote about book about the stereotype of living in Texas. Texas is a BIG state. I used to live in that dusty part of it and owned a tumbleweed rake. nodding But like everything gardening, we make it work depending on where we live and the condition the weather brings. It was dusty in El Paso. And it was HOT! (I wish I had photos of my landscape in the desert of El Paso) We grew pyracantha, Mexican Elder, and desert succulents. And yes, we pulled up tumbleweed. And just to keep this in topic they had something called "chat" there that everyone used for walkways. It was crushed stone that once laid, turned hard like rock.

We moved 800 miles east (still in Texas btw LOL) into the Tropical Zone where not only l did I learn about tropical landscape but also shade gardening in the forest under story I never had while living in El Paso. It gets hot here like in El Paso, but equally humid NOT like El Paso! And it rains. If we used chat for our pathways it would float away!

I think if one traveled around Texas long enough, they could run into just about all types of weather in one state!
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May 1, 2018 11:25 AM CST
The first time I visited Texas all I had was the stereotypical image of the wild west from old movies. When I saw the rolling hills and flocks of sheep I was in awe.

For the paths between beds, I would say they should be wide enough for your wheelbarrow or garden cart. That would be the minimum. I like the idea of having it wide enough for two people to walk side by side. Very nice. Thumbs up
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Frillylily
May 1, 2018 12:27 PM CST
I did all my paths 3 ft, that is big enough for me to get my wheel barrow in to work.
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
May 1, 2018 12:47 PM CST
I did 2 feet. Plenty of room to walk back and forth feverishly lol. I don't have a wheelbarrow, and our house is residential so I want as much gardening space as possible. I think I've found the perfect area for a zinnia mini field!!😀 and two more undecided areas.

I love seeing people's garden layouts. That is fun!

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Mindi

Name: Gary
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May 1, 2018 1:02 PM CST
I agree beautiful garden shots Cheryl and Kathy!
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katesflowers
May 1, 2018 4:35 PM CST
Zinnia ! Mindi did you say zinnia? I can't get enough. Love 'em, too. I save the seeds year to year. It works great. Will plant a 100' row again this year. PS you will have to meet Zenman. He's a regular poster if someone talks about zinnia. Very cool gardener.
Here are last year's zinnias with a 48" dirt pathway, which allows for cultivation.

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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 1, 2018 4:40 PM CST
Ok, so here is my path. You can see it's going to go around a tree, that is why it's starting to get wider. I like that in the center it starts looking kind of like a heart. I think I need to extend both directions. Just take it straight to the property line. It looks too much like I ran out of plants on the far part but I know the verbena is going to grow so maybe I should not. Another thing I can't decide.

You can see the weeds I haven't gotten to yet past the path. All of this was dug up, including my big garden with hands and a trowel. One I warped and had to replace. So it's kind of funny I have removed this lawn/weeds by hand. And with each shovel of dirt I had to remove the fishing wire crisscross that must have been where it once was covered on sod. So this is my path progress so far.



Hurray!

Mindi
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 1, 2018 4:46 PM CST
katesflowers said:Zinnia ! Mindi did you say zinnia? I can't get enough. Love 'em, too. I save the seeds year to year. It works great. Will plant a 100' row again this year. PS you will have to meet Zenman. He's a regular poster if someone talks about zinnia. Very cool gardener.
Here are last year's zinnias with a 48" dirt pathway, which allows for cultivation.


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Wow Kate!!! That is amazing!!! Beautiful!! Do you have a nursery? You must have so much fun!! That is my dream. To one day have acreage. Maybe if I hit the lotto lol.

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Mindi

Oh and I have been talking to ZenMan, I found his thread about how breeding zinnias can be fun. Iam on page 6 but already have seeds in hand and some coming in the mail to play with!!! Nice guy!! Amazing work and he should be a motivational speaker. It's fun to read how he writes and how he is willing to help!!
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May 1, 2018 6:09 PM CST
I prefer a wider path. 4 feet is especially good for grass paths, easy for a mower...
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May 1, 2018 7:14 PM CST
That's a beautiful path to be @Mindihammerstone. I'm all in favor of paths that meander making you slow down and smell the roses...or lobelia... or whatever.

DH has a little trouble walking down our paths on crutches, but he still seems to slow down and enjoy it...as I follow behind and cover up the holes he makes. LOL Rolling on the floor laughing
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May 1, 2018 8:24 PM CST
Looking good Mindi Hurray!
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