It’s a little embarassing to admit that we’ve been living here for almost two years and still have a mostly gravel front yard. We have grass growing over most of the back yard and the septic field, but the front is what suffered the most during constrution, and we’ve never really had a clear idea of what we wanted to do here, so we did the obvious – nothing.
We always thought we’d do a cottage style garden in the front, but where to start? Sometimes all it takes is one thing to set the ball rolling. My mom and stepdad decided recently that it was time to replace the aging concrete walk at the base of their entry stairs. I’ve read many articles over the years about people reusing broken concrete in their gardens to create the look of flagstones, and since we needed a path and lacked the funds required for real flagstones (and since we’re always happy to rescue something otherwise headed for the dump), we jumped at the chance to breathe new life into their old sidewalk.
We spent an afternoon working in a torrential downpour, placing the “stones”, until we had something that we liked the look of (top photo). At first it required a bit of imagination to visualize how the pieces would look without their rough edges exposed, but after my husband spent days digging them in, I think they look surpisingly like the real thing.