DIY Stepping Stones and Rock Garden

I had this little patch of grass next to my deck that wasn’t good for anything so I decided one day that it would be great as a rock garden. I started the project March/April and finally have taken some pictures of what it looks like now. It was a long process but I am so glad I did it.

Below are pictures of each step including a picture of my daughter helping me with our stepping stones. I decided that I wanted to do a project with my daughter and this was a perfect one. It was quick, easy to do and she loved it. Now we have stepping stones that are actually used and we’ll have forever. There is also descriptions below each picture. Let me know your thoughts.

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Before.

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This was not easy. It was a lot of work and I am pretty sure this is how I lost majority of my baby weight from Beckett. I was soaked in my own sweat (your welcome for that image).
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Here is right after I dug all the grass up and loosened up the soil. The great part was all the rocks I used in the garden, were dug up in the process…..score! This is a picture of the rocks in place with some of the plants I started.
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Annick helping me make our 4 stepping stones. She loved doing it and it was super easy. I bought some glass beads, a 40 pound of cement, plastic plant dishes and a bucket. I mixed the cement, poured it in the plastic dishes and then let Annick decorate away. I did it too, I couldn’t resist.
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Stepping stones are in! I think they look great.
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Everything is in, now to let all the plants grow. I did end up mulching and adding some little pebbles. I wanted to keep the weeds down and to add some texture.
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Here is a picture of our little patio that my neighbor Kristin and her dad put in. Doesn’t it look great? This was put in right before I started my rock garden. I also planted a bunch of plants in front of our window divider.
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Here is the after! Everything really filled out. It could definitely use some weeding but I love it. I have a variety of different thyme, succulents, ground cover and native plants.
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After!
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Here is a picture of what the area looks like now. I love that it is so green and we live in Philadelphia. We are so lucky to have such greenery in our backyard. There is still so much I want to do to this area but for now it is great. Weeding definitely needs to be done and the brick wall to the right of the glass door could use something but awesome so far.

I am even more proud that I did it myself with the help of my daughter. She has really become my little gardener. We planted sunflowers, lettuces, carrots, cucumbers, daisies, and other great plants and she has seen them actually become something. It has been a really fun process.

Let me know what you think and as always, opinions are welcome. Enjoy your weekend!

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