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.

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Apply Mortar

Mix up a wet mortar mix of four parts sand (half-and-half sharp sand and builder's sand) to one part cement, or use a prepared mix. Place a trowel-full in the corners and in the center of a paving stone square.

Apply Mortar to Secure Paving Stones to GroundEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bed In Paving Stones

Position the paving stone on the mortar and use the wooden end of a mallet to gently tap it into place. Check that it's level. Mortar in each stone the same way and leave them to set for a day or two.

Check Each Stone With a Spirit LevelEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant Up

Fill between the paving stone with topsoil and plant up the herbs or turf. If using turf, lay it slightly above the paving stones so you can run a mower over the whole area. Water in. Keep plants watered until they're established.

Plant Herbs Between Paving StonesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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