Garden Design: Installing In-Ground Outline

Literally, from remnant lumber boards! As mentioned in previous posts, I like to think of my garden as rectangular IMG_1544sections that I create by installing lumber boards directly into the ground to create a can’t-miss outline. As shown in the photo, I dug a shallow trench measuring the approximate width of the board.

You don’t have to do it perfectly – if it’s a little crooked, you can move the board (since the soil is now loose to allow you to do this). Or, you can leave it as is!

I started this project a little late in the day so will be continuing it on next weekend. The soil in my backyard was mostly loose from previous watering, but the last bit for the section pictured was simply hard soil. I soaked the small area with a bit of water a few times, allowing the water to seep through and dug a little bit each time until I reached the desired depth. This is the “length” part of the rectangle that I’m working on – I’ve a few more boards to install and more digging. After that, I’ll install the “width” part.

This is a type of project that I can do myself, at my own pace. The labor, for me, is not too intensive, provided that I’ve sufficiently watered the soil to loosen it up enough to make it easy to dig. It saves my back, but it does require a little bit of time. The result is worth it to me:  having multiple nicely planned, themed mini-yards within my backyard (as much as that’s possible!).


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