Earlier this week I moved raised beds, box planters and gravel in front of our Tiny shed to establish this new Startle Garden. Guess what? I absolutely love this new space.
Moving the beds was a lot of work and because the soil was extremely wet I had a mess everywhere. This didn’t stop me from achieving my goal because I wanted the garden in one place and the result was worth the effort.
But let me tell you what inspired all this activity…
First came the Flood
Prior to this project we were greeted with a lot of rain that brought forward some challenges, many of which I’ll be sharing later because Robert is amazing when it comes to problem solving.
When the water started flooding this area I wanted to hide because it felt like it would never end. It rained for days; the water ran down the creek perfectly until those heavy rains hit. After it finally stopped it took about an hour and this water was gone and I was left with a muddy mess.
Heavy water flow also moved gravel and I decided this time I wasn’t moving it back in place.
I came up with a new plan that began with taking down a small stretch of fence and gate in front of the shed.
Moving Gravel to Raise the Ground
Robert agreed raising this area with gravel instead of dirt was a good idea and I told him not to worry because much like the blackberry project this venture was mine. I just needed to do this by myself and I’m so glad he understood.
Using my shovel, spreader and wheel barrow, I moved gravel over and started raising things up. The rock from the road shifted in piles so moving it wasn’t that big of a deal, it was when I got down to the lower areas where I began to lose steam.
Day One Moving Gravel
Day one began with finishing removing the stretch of fencing, moving rock from the road and once I embraced this open space inspiration carried me to move the farmhouse table over.
By the end of day one, which was Monday enough gravel covered the ground to pass up the flower beds and table. This is when I decided my other raised beds need to be included.
Day Two Moving Raised Beds and Planters
The weather was great on day two and I ended up spending the entire day outdoors. The first step involved moving my herbs, instead of keeping those beds all together I decided to spread them out into two areas and I even decided to add my seed starter boxes.
The space was really coming together and my energy level was still really strong.
I continued moving gravel and wasn’t really sure if I was going to have enough to actually finish. So, I took an early dinner break, came back even more energized and moved in three of those recycled planter boxes.
I love these boxes and as much as I enjoyed them lined up on the walk path, I like them even more right here. You can see them in the back, they’re lined up and will look amazing when those roses bloom again in the early Spring.
The short bed frame in the middle will be raised about three more levels before I begin filling with soil and natural elements. That’s something I can work on over winter to get ready for spring planting.
Once everything was relocated I decided to finally call it a day because day three had a challenge in the forecast.
Day Three Finishing with Gravel
That’s right it was supposed to begin raining again by noon on Wednesday. I really wanted to finish and around 11:45 am this space was done, just right before it started to sprinkle.
In the mix of those sprinkles I sat down; allowed myself to enjoy this accomplishment and just smiled.
When I look at this area I see the future, good things, a place where I can teach others how to garden and that makes doing more so worthwhile. You see doing more is about a sense of accomplishment.
Creating this new Garden area was therapeutic, it helped me free up some emotion and burn off some energy that was building from being cooped up for days on end.
Now when I walk through the main gate or step from the shed, this is what I see and it just lifts my soul with deep inspiration.
Do you have an outdoor space that needs improving? Maybe it’s a muddy mess like mine was? Don’t walk away from it, decide what needs to be done and take steps forward to transform that area into a place that inspires.