I am taking this COVID-19 down time as an opportunity to rehab my backyard. My front garden is beautiful…now it is time to focus on the back! I can not wait to get started. The vision board above has some of my ideas. I already have a wonderful pergola. I am going to add raised beds, stone paths, a gate to the woods, shade garden, cutting garden, fire pit, and a fence made of old pallets!
Do you have any ideas for me? what do you think is a must in a garden? I have been binge watching Garden Rescue, Roots & Refuge Farm and P. Allen Smith on YouTube. I am ready to give this the old college try.
Wish me luck and please help me with any advice, tips, questions. Please use the comment section to speak to me!
Tools and Materials:cast concrete wall stones cap stones sand shovel tape measure level tamper steel rake
Steps: Before building a fire pit, check the building codes in your area to get the proper specs and regulations. Choose a spot that is away from your house and away from any low-hanging trees or other structures. Take precautions when digging holes, so that you don’t hit utility lines.
1. Lay out your pavers in a circle in the approximate size and shape of your fire pit. Fire pits should be about 36 to 44 inches in diameter. Our surrounding patio is made from recycled rubber pavers. We laid the fire pit stones out to the correct dimension then pulled the pavers out of and away from the pit.
2. When you have your circle roughed out, dig a 12-inch-deep hole in that location.
3. Pour sand into the bottom of the hole and tamp the sand level.
4. Begin to lay your wall stones around the perimeter of the hole. Continue stacking the stones so that they are 12 inches above the surrounding ground.
5. Pour a layer of sand into the ring of stones so that it covers the first layer, approximately 4 inches deep.
Or you can buy one…like most people
Look at the amazing Fire pit areas from Houzz.com
Tiki Torches: There are loads of different options here, I was surprised at how expensive they can be. You can go to Walmart and buy tiki torches for under $10 or you can buy one of the options below.
Fire-pots make the outdoors cool! I love the idea of fire-pots, what a great addition to your outdoor space. Below are a couple of options you might like.