The Checkerboard Garden
|At its best it was very full -- in bright sun.|
But at the same time, the tree across from it and above it grew and put this area in deep shade. Then it was a race to see which Stepable would disappear first.
Before they were all gone, I planted them in other sunnier areas of the garden and are thriving fine. Most got planted into the hypertufa pots I made last year.
|The area original was just grass under the "horsey" swing.|
Yes, I've planted grass in my yard (of which my end goal is to eliminate all grass). But grass is a reliable grower, consistent in texture and color. I think it'll look great here. Plus the fact that it's under a play area grass can take much abuse. More than all those fancy Stepables.
|Year one. Not to impressive.|
Actually, grass has its place in a few spots in my garden. I'd be lying if I said I had a completely grassless yard.
At the top of this post, you can see the squares with the new grass just peeking through. It's a grass mix made for deep shade. I still have a few concrete blocks I need to cut in half. With my circular saw and a blade made for cutting concrete, I get one cut per blade (it's getting expensive again). The goal is to have it done before the National Garden Festival's Open Gardens start next Thursday. At least it'll look like a project in process, as opposed to a garden of bad decisions and bad luck.
|Here's how it fits into the grand scheme of the garden. |
It is between the raised bed potager garden and the jungle gym, beside the driveway.
|Some of the Stepables, though pretty, were impractically-moundy.|
|A few freeze-thaw seasons had the slate tiles disintegrating.|
|The Stepables are living on in the hypertufa planters I made last year. Back in the sun, they're thriving.|