W hen many people enjoy spending time in their backyard. Gardens can be for simple pleasure, for fun or for show. Many individuals associate backyards with picnics, barbeques, swimming, and outdoor sports. While all of these activities are nice, there are not the only things that you can do in your backyard. In fact, there are a number of other popular backyard activities that you may never have given much thought to. One of those activities involves growing a garden.
Your garden is a reflection of your aesthetic sense, creativity and your passion for the greens. It is very easy to have a Planter Box of land in the backyard. It takes creativity. Think of a sitting garden. There are places to walk, places to sit, unique plants and defining portions of the garden that will draw your attention. You could do this by creating a garden maze. You don’t have to have a massive backyard for this theme, just a space you want to dedicate to gardening, and a fun escape from the rest of the world.
You will be building this garden maze with a single to a double layer of concrete blocks, as the planter boxes and maze walls, and decorative planter boxes to jazz up the view. Instead of traditional maze ‘walls’ you will be placing plants in the ‘walls’ so it is a colorful, creative garden stroll. You may also want to put a bench in the middle of the area, or table and chairs, so you have a space to enjoy your handiwork.
Start with a page of graph paper. After you have measured the area of the yard you want to turn into your garden maze you need to create your design on the graph paper. Make sure the walking areas are at least 2 ½ feet wide. Remember, you will be using concrete block planter boxes as your path guides so they will take away from some of the walking space.
You also need to think about what kinds of plants you want to have lined your walk. You may wish to have a few themes, starting with flowers, moving on to vegetables and vine plants, the limits are really your imagination.
Once you have decided on the design, you need to start purchasing the concrete blocks to create the path. You will be laying the blocks out with the hole-side up, since they will be some of your planter boxes. Once the path is down, you may want to look for areas you want to add a little accent, with decorative planters. There are some planters that look like statues, or large vases on a pedestal and can be striking among the other plants.
From here you have one of two ways to go, you can start planting, or disguise the concrete block planter boxes. If you don’t want them to look like concrete blocks, you can use a wall finish Texturing that many masons use. It should be readily available in a home improvement store. This will add texture to the concrete block planter boxes and make them look more like a custom designed concrete creation than a bunch of blocks. You can even paint them at this point to add a little color.
Next, fill all the concrete planter boxes holes with potting soil, or a rich soil mixture that will work in the plants, and start planting.
With a little love from you and Mother Nature you will have a green and flowering maze garden in your backyard that will give you years of enjoyment.