Last year, we finally added a pea gravel path around the raspberries  and asparagus. Adding pea gravel paths are so easy. It’s a matter of making and edge of some kind, putting down landscape fabric, and pouring the gravel on, and spreading it out so it’s a few inches deep.

Pea gravel path on raspberry lane

I loved how my rubber boots sounded crunching on the gravel, and it made it a much, much nicer way to pick the raspberries. I love having different paths in my yard,like the lavender lane and the secret garden path. It’s like having different-mini gardens to visit in the same yard.

Pea gravel path around the marigolds

We had started a second path last year and never finished it. Little, for a while was playing “fairy grave yard” in it and set up a teeny bench, metal fencing, and a tiny stone bench. That kid is only slightly creepy sometimes.

View of pea gravel paths form deck

This year, I found my dwarf Serviceberry ( it only gets 15 feet by 4 feet wide), and we connected the two gravel areas. Also, I planted a European beech,Coral bells, and made a planting oasis among the paths.

Pea gravel paths in backyard

I did move the flagstone to extend along the path, but I am thinking about getting rid of them and leaving it straight pea gravel. As you can see, Little set up a new fairy garden graveyard by the back Coral bell. It’s still surrounded by mini-fencing. I don’t know what happens in her magical gardens, but it could be the reason the tooth fairy never comes around any more. Tinkerbell may need to watch her back around here. What happens in the fairy gardens, stays in the fairy gardens.

Flowers in glavanzied buckets and view of European beech tree

I love having the paths in our yard. They make such a pretty view from the deck, graveyard and all. I control the weeds by spraying them with vinegar. That’s it. They shrivel up in the heat, and die. We finally had a few days without rain and painted the deck! It’s only been a few (lots) of years since we last stained and painted it. While I like the rustic look, it was getting to be  a bit too rustic for our tastes, also the kids kept getting splinters. Plus, we have a huge issue with wood boring bees. They look like giant bumble bees, and eat holes in the wood to nest. They don’t really like treated wood of any kind, so painted or stained wood helps to keep them from leaving giant holes in everything. I am excited to show you how it turned out!

 

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