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The Search is Over

August 26th, 2015

For the past year, I’ve been searching for bricks for a walkway in the potager. I wanted old bricks, not the shiny new pavers from the home improvement store. I wanted bricks with a history, ones that had been a chimney, a house, or something else. A few weeks ago, I found an ad on Craigslist for bricks, old ones, lots of them. Just what I was looking for!
vintage bricks 1
We picked up one load in our little car 2 weeks ago, and quickly realized we needed bigger guns. Enter Brian’s work truck.
vintage bricks 4
On Saturday, we made our way back down to Biddeford to get the remaining bricks from the bottom of the Cleaves Castle in Biddeford. This basement was a mansion at one time, then eventually became a city building with a jail in the bottom. These bricks may have been the walls between the cells.
vintage bricks 2
vintage bricks 3
Regardless of what these bricks have seen in their lifetime, they will now be perfectly at home in my garden. This fall I hope to start the preparation for the walkways. That will be a lot of work, but well worth the effort.

What’s your favorite pathway material in the garden?


August 20th, 2015

Last night I was way too tired to write my blog post. Yesterday, I spent the day salvaging bricks from a friend’s house. They lost their home to a fire ten days ago, a complete loss. It’s very sad, but they didn’t want things to go to waste, so a friend and I got plants and landscaping materials from their gardens.
I removed bricks from their patio and walkway, loaded as many as I could carry in my little car, then came home and unloaded them. I made three trips yesterday, the last batch of bricks is still in the car since I arrived home after dark. There are still around 250 bricks in my stack at her house waiting for me to bring home. We are hoping that these lovely pavers will make up the floor of the greenhouse we’re planning at the moment. In total I should end up with enough bricks for the floor of the 8×12 building. My back is feeling the work this morning, I groaned heavily before getting out of bed. It’s nice to get things for free and to keep something perfectly usable from going to a landfill. No doubt, my friend will be happy that her garden pathways will live on in my garden.

Do you salvage items for the garden? What’s the best thing you’ve managed to find?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.