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« on: May 19, 2005 01:16:05 PM »

This was scavenged from my neighbors broken up driveway.  I think it made a nice pathway.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2005 08:26:41 PM »

Oh, that's beautiful!  I love your flowers, too.  The concrete looks great.  Did you put something underneath it to discourage weeds from growing up between the individual pieces?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2005 08:52:17 AM »

I have now put gravel everywhere but I'm going to try to grow moss or a small leaf ground cover between the pavers.  I'll still end up weeded it occasionally until it takes over though.

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2005 07:28:00 AM »

That looks really nice! great job.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2005 05:06:01 AM »

That is so attractive and edges your beautiful garden so well. It was also great to keep all that broken concrete out of the landfill, and I assume the "price was right." Did you have to break and shape them to get them to fit together so well?  Some little blooming plant like portulaca or creeping phlox might look pretty in the cracks also. 
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2005 03:20:29 PM »

Thank you very much! Yes, I'm trying to encourage some creeping plants into the cracks.  And when I picked the pieces up they were already broken, thankfully!  I just love to get stuff for free and lug it home! I recently found an old ladder and I'm using it as a plant shelf in the back of a border.  Gardening is so fun....

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2005 08:50:52 PM »

That looks really great! For a quick cover you could use some kind of mint- it stays very low to the ground and spreads ridiculously fast. You would never have to worry about weeding between the mint- but you might have to worry about it getting into spots where you didnt want it (especially if you didnt have some kind of boder to keep it in- it spread by runners under ground). Other options for ground cover would be roman chamomile or creeping thyme- they will smell great when you step on them. I am not sure about thyme, but roman chamomile would definately need weeding, and shouldnt be by grass, because it would be overpowered. The smell cannot be beat though. Can you tell I am working on a similar project?
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2005 04:32:16 PM »

Thanks for the tips, Colie. Yeah, I put down gravel on the ground in front of the path, and even the gravel is getting tiny weeds now.  I'm going to spray a bit of this stuff that says it kill weeds and grass for up to 1 year on the gravel, but I'll look into the mint for in between the paver thingy's.  It's amazing how fast everything has grown now since I took those pics.  I'm going to post another picture of the finished, sort of, project. (cuz a garden is never "finished!") 

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2005 05:32:57 PM »

That's so pretty!  Yes, be careful with mint.  I have some in my herb garden and it spreads like wild fire!

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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2005 11:39:49 AM »

That is actually why I suggested mint, it would work well as an instant gratification plant. But you are right, it will take over other plants if you plant them if there isnt a border of some sort to block them from spreading.
Mint also works well as a ground cover around establshed palnts- like a living mulch for rosebushes. Keeps moisture in, and is prettier than wood chips.
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