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My Stress Relief Garden
It hasn’t been easy dealing with the pandemic, my day job, heath issues in the family and keeping up with writing, editing, and marketing. Too much stress can really take its toll.
To me it meant that I needed something not just to keep me busy, because I was already busy, but that could have taken me away from thinking about my busy schedule. From my experience, nothing beats the planning and remodeling the yard.
So, I took my chance starting from something that had bothered me for a long time: the small path that leads to the greenhouse. Ten years ago, I planned that path without many thoughts, and the slate tiles I arranged directly on the ground are hardly visible anymore.
Learning from the construction sites I am following, I took notes on how to do the job. So this is my starting point at the beginning of Spring (yes, I know there was still some snow LOL):
The idea was simple, to do the path again in a way that it wouldn’t sink into the soil with time. I needed 102 tiles for the border, gravel for the bottom, and coarse sand for the base under the slate tiles. This would have required unearthing the tiles, digging the earth until at least 10 cm deep, placing the landscaping fabric, the gravel (and settle it), the 102 tiles for the border, the sand and the slate tiles.
One thing came immediately to my mind was that this isn’t something one person alone should do unless… Of course, unless I divide the tasks to be done only during the weekends. Therefore, the first weekend I unearthed the slate, went to buy the material and started to dig.
I felt like an undertaker!
Then I would rest for one week and the next weekend I would have set up the gravel and border tiles.
The last weekend was the turn of the sand and the final slate tiles. The result was surprising me because the general outlook reminded me about the sinuous shapes of the Art Nuveau, Hector Guimard and the asymmetric smooth curves on his design. Some might call it imprecise, twisted. I call it art!
Oh, here’s the result of course, immediately after, and now with the Summer taking over the garden:
The best result was that I could keep my sanity and go through the most difficult period of my life so far. Now things seem to have settle and we’re on the path of normalization.
Now I started to get excited about garden jobs, and I have other plans for the summer. A building Summer!
© P.J. Mann
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