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Sunday, May 4, 2008
7:34 AM

Here are some Nancy Today videos of how to plant a labyrinth (for lazy gardeners like me).

Planning a labyrinth

Smooth soil for a labyrinth

How to plant a thyme labyrinth

Thyme is planted in circles

Easy way to dig up sod

Watering Everfar Labyrinth


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May. 4th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
how fun! I can't wait to see it change!
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
It got pretty weedy last summer! I had such high hopes for it! Luckily it's covered with snow now! grin.
May. 4th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Schweet! I can't wait to share your videos with my wife who, between the two of us, have been kicking around the idea of creating a labyrinth (she's a Buddha-piscolpalian and I'm a dirt-worshipping earth gerbil with a green thumb).

P.S. Your hat rocks my socks, and you're absolutely right: No one need look the same, so I got me one of these for keeping the sun off.

Really people, it's not the humidity. It's the sun beating down on you!

Okay, well. . . time to go and dig up more sod! Thanks again, Nancy!
May. 5th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Hee! I adore your hat!
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
So how is the labyrinth going now? Did you dig up sod and get it started? I'm anxious to see it!
Jan. 14th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! It's not! The area of sod that I dug up last spring was a small plot for a herb garden (annuals) that now's been completely re-colonized by quack grass just like it's never seen the business end of a spade. So I'm going to go at that plot again with carboard and yard waste mulch. The area we'd set aside for a labyrinth has been reappropriated for a planned driveway that will extend around to the back of our house, because the two-car space that we have now is too small to have any visitors and backs onto a very busy in-town throughway.

So I might try the labyrinth idea at the place my dad still owns in the Washington, DC 'burbs. That place actually has a bigger yard than our house in the Shenandoah Valley. For now, though, I start mowing the grass from the center, and instead of tracing the perimeter or diagonal rows I just mow in a big spiral until I come to the outside edges (it save alot of time not turning corners or changing directions with a push mower!). Anything outside of that circumfrence I'll allow to grow tall and then mulch it to death with cardboard and yard waste next autumn and plant ground cover and perennials that don't require much more than a once-a-year pruning. (wildflowers, herbs, shrubs, etc.) and the year after I'll install a labyrinth in my then circularly-shaped lawn. That is, if the housing market doesn' pick up again and Pops decides to just sell the place.
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
How about cutting the grass leaving grass to grow between the spirals, that way you can walk it like a wild labyrinth? Or you could even do some switchbacks in the mowing.

I like that idea. also, if you are putting in a dirt driveway, you can draw your labyrinth with a stick.

Or if it's paved, you can draw your labyrinth with chalk! It's good till it rains!
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
If I thought the grass would behave after growing a foot I'd endure what that would require of me to mow. You'll notice that I've kind of an anti-mowing bias, you could say. . . I'm against that sort of thing. I'll do it as long as I have to, or until I can design and execute a garden space that minimizes mowing as much as possible. So as I get to that point I was thinking I'd build up narrow beds between the paths of the labyrinth with boxes filled with compost and plant in them low-growing perennials that tend toward "mounding"; heather, perhaps. I like the idea of a non-permanent labyrinth, although it'd suck alot to be out one morning walking a labyrinth meditation only to have a car pull in and deny access to part of the path. It will require a dedicated, albeit, non-permanent placement.
Jan. 15th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I like the mounded heather boundaries idea! Nice! That would be something I could do with my thyme, I guess.

I call my labyrinth on the turnaround in the dirt road, 'Sandcastle labyrinth'!

the ones in the snow are 'snowshoe labyrinths'.

you can see them all here:
May. 4th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
ooh, can't wait to go throught these videos.. it sounds like such a cool idea

thank you so much for sharing :)
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
You're welcome. Have you started a labyrinth now?
May. 4th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
very cool
Thanks for sharing that. I am posting a link to this in the labyrinthwalk community.
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