Behind my greenhouse and our garage is a relatively narrow space with good sunshine and an existing four-board fence. I'm beginning to visualize this area as a long border, 10 feet wide and 200 feet long, with large-flowered once-blooming climbers on the fence itself, medium-sized roses in the center, and a row of miniatures at the front edge.
In order to make this spot into a garden, I have to get rid of the existing grass and weeds. Normally I do this with herbicide, but it's too late in the season for herbicide to be effective. Plan B is to lay down black plastic and let the sun do the job for me without chemicals.
Here is the first sheet of plastic, 10 feet wide and 25 feet long. (If you look carefully, you can see Daniel in the background hiding and eating grass. I hollered at him to stop.)
Ruby sticks close by ... taking her her job as quality control inspector very seriously.
Here it is with two sheets of plastic, all weighted down at the corners and edges with concrete blocks, scrap boards, and the tops of a few nursery benches. I don't want the wind to blow it away.
This was the easy part. Now I have some crap to clear out of the way (piles of landscape edging, timbers, bricks, pots, etc.), and I will continue my march down the fence laying plastic and preparing the bed. Unlike my idea for the Labyrinth garden, which I abandoned because it's truly too far from the house, I fully intend to get this one finished ... I have to, the roses in pots are depending on me.