Cobblestone Patio Project Update 4

The cobblestone patio is close to finished, very close, but not quite done yet. I had hoped to have the it done before my daughter’s third birthday (this past Wednesday) but Fay had other plans. The rains delayed my work for several days both while it was raining and afterward since I had to wait for the sun to dry out the sand. We really needed the rain so I wasn’t too disappointed.

Here’s a look at where the patio was as of Monday morning. I’ve cleaned up the step landing and it is now nice and flat. The paving stones are all laid out and leveled except for the ones on the right side of the picture that will eventually be a pathway that turns out into the yard. I’m still not sure exactly how I want to complete that area right now. I’m leaning toward shortening it a little and converting it into a mulched walkway. On the right side of the patio (toward the backyard) I’ve put together a small landing for the grill that still needs finished. It has the paving stones but they haven’t been set with the sand yet.

To the left of the grill I spaced one of the mugo pines I picked up off the discount racks a few weeks ago. I made sure there was plenty of space between the grill and the pine since the heat from the grill could potentially damage the pine. If you look closely you can see my newspaper sticking out from the mulch. It will get covered when I finish mulching the bed.

Here’s the right side of the grill landing where I planted the other mugo pine. Behind the mugo pine you can see a glimpse at my small and measly herb garden. The big plan I had for my herb garden layout was never accomplished, there were just too many other things to do this year. Maybe next year. But this little crop of herbs has been good enough for our needs. We planted it with basil, oregano, lemon balm, and rosemary.

What’s left to do you ask? Or maybe you didn’t but I’ll tell you anyway. I need to fill the corners with specially cut stones, finish sweeping sand into the cracks, mulch around the garden beds, and plant a Japanese maple in the raised bed. Then maybe we’ll get to enjoy some spiced hot apple cider outside on the cobblestone patio on a cool autumn day.

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11 thoughts on “Cobblestone Patio Project Update 4

  1. Gail

    It is really looking great Dave. Before long it will be finished and it will no longer be a patio project and will be checked off your list! It’s very exciting! BTW I love the curves you’ve added.

  2. lola

    Looking better all the time Dave. Sure will be nice to sit outside & have a nice hot drink when it gets cooler–even in early winter. Great patio makes for more great grilling times.

  3. Frances,

    Hi Dave, Jenny’s comments crack me up, keep it up Jenny! You have done a fine job of planning and executing with the payoff soon to come. The pines by the grill will be pretty all year around too. You planted that little leaf basil, didn’t you? Mine has been very productive and still looks good. I made one batch of pesto and froze it, but should make more to preserve that fine crop.

  4. Dave

    Thanks for the compliments!

    DP,

    Sorry but I think you missed the apples…I don’t think a cider can be made from Japanese maples. šŸ™‚

    Frances,

    I got seed for that basil but never got it growing in the ground. What I have is just the large leaf Italian basil. It’s been good though! I need to get some pesto made to freeze soon.

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