After looking at the pile of reclaimed bricks our builder found for us many months ago, we finally were able to start laying the patio. After leveling the ground and laying the weed-control fabric down, we decided on the herring bone pattern for the bricks. Shelby and Mike laid most of the bricks (which we forgot to take pictures of), and then Mike and Maggie started spreading some dirt around the patio border and in between the bricks.
The dirt came from the rain garden which was dug out by a backhoe a couple days ago. The dirt was placed where our vegetable garden will be.
Eventually, we'll be through with all this back-breaking work!
We had some pieces of the old clubhouse pergola left over and so we made an arbor to serve as the entrance to the side and back of our house.
The Cobblestone Homeowners Assn. finally approved our landscape plan and so we have finally started planting. Over 90% of the plants will be native plants which will not only help towards our LEED certification but will also survive and thrive because they naturally do so in our area's climate and soil. The next several blogs will start listing the different plants.
We are also making headway on the rainwater harvesting tank irrigation system. The pump has now been hooked up to the valves that will feed the drip lines which will be used to irrigate all the plants, bushes, and trees. We should have everything planted over the next few weeks and then we can install the drip lines. We also ran a pipe to send the air conditioner condensation water to the underground rainwater collection tank.
We have also hooked up to the rainwater harvesting system a garden hose for the hanging baskets and deck planters. And as you can see, we've also been busy staining the deck and railings.
A retired Certified Portfolio Manager and financial advisor, Mike now hosts and produces the the award-winning SC Business Review on ETV Radio each day at 7:52am. More info can be found at www.etvradio.org/scbr. He and his wife Maggie also own and operate Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company. More info can be found at www.magnoliacarts.com. Mike and Maggie also recently built a LEED Gold certified home in Blythewood, SC. More info can be found at http://switzergreenhome.blogspot.com. Mike also serves on the Blythewood town planning commission.