Create a Checkerboard Garden
This simple design of paving stones and plants can be used to create a dramatic courtyard or a fun space for children. Plant it up with turfgrass, chamomile or low-growing herbs, such as thyme.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Start: spring
At Its Best: all year round
Time to Complete: 1 day
- turf or low-growing plants
- wooden boards
- tape measure
- string and sticks
- sand and mortar mix
- square paving stones
Compact the Soil
Clear the area of stones, weeds and grass, and rake it to create a flat surface. Lay down a wooden board and walk across it, moving it along systematically to level the whole area.
Mark Out the Squares
Measure the paving stones, and using string and some sticks, mark out the area into squares of equal size. Cover squares that will be used for paving stones with a 2-inch layer of sand.
Level the Sand
Using the back of a rake, tamp down the sand to compact and level it. Don't worry if some sand spills out into the surrounding squares; any surplus can be mixed with the soil for the plants or turf.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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