Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Step 4 - Adding borders and walkways

Now that the soil is nearly ready for planting, it's time to get the boundaries laid and paths established.

Keeping the zero cost goal in mind, Jake hit up the neighbors who just replaced some of their fencing for the left over redwood planks.
Using my grandfathers table saw, I ripped the planks into 3 to 4 inch wide borders. For the area adjacent to the sidewalk, we wanted to achieve a raised-bed feel, so we used full width board segments for the border. Since the sidewalk is curved, it was a great place to use up the 16" plank sections left over from the new fence build.

From Chabot Terrace Community Garden

To create walkways to allow access to the fully populated garden and also so we didn't waste the valuable conditioned soil for walking on, we scraped the areas for the paths down to the clay soil and heaped the soil up on either side. This created a raised-bed feel to our garden and established discrete areas for different plant types.

Next up - mulching the paths!

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