One of the drawbacks to the house I live in is that we have almost no yard, and none of it is really flat. What? None? What about this area?
This was an area we used for extra parking. Then we used it for parking a car we were going to get rid of. But we got rid of the car and the area was kind of a junk area.
I commented back at the end of the winter that what we really needed was a patio, and why didn’t we turn that former parking area into one? We only have one car, after all, and we park that in the garage.
My husband agreed, and we talked about it for a while, and decided that we really couldn’t afford to brick in an area and give our landlord a present. (He’s a nice guy, but that would be an expensive present and we really couldn’t afford to do that.) Then my mother, when was talking to her about the idea, suggested using mulch for the patio area.
Brilliant! We could afford to mulch a 12×12 area with no real problem.
So we got some plastic garden edging, some peat moss to mix with potting soil, and some petunias.*
After much travail on the part of my husband – mostly involving digging a shallow trench and putting in the edging, we had ourselves a patio. I like to work outside, and this will be a wonderful Outside Office.
It took about a day’s work and has been totally worth it. I shall be drinking my coffee and reading my email out there tomorrow.
* I suspect I will come to regret the petunia decision when it comes time to squat down and deadhead the little monsters.