garden stepping stones :: tutorial re-post
After allowing our vegetable garden to lie fallow the past two years due to drought in California, we decided to plant a modest garden: 3 tomato plants and 6 blue-lake green bean vines. With careful, targeted irrigation through a drip system, we hope our little plot won't require too much water.
I was so excited to once again fill this dedicated vegetable garden space with green things that I decided to do some sprucing up and make our little plot a festive place. I planted a passel of climbing nasturtiums to fill in & ramble over the spaces we would not be planting...
And also decided that some new stepping stones were in order... hence a repeat of this tutorial from last May.
An assortment of glass tiles & flattened glass marbles
Clear vinyl pot saucers (we used these)
A bag of cement. Try to get the kind of cement that is smooth -- i.e. no little rocks. By accident, I bought cement which is full of little rocks and it's annoying -- not as easy to work with.
A bucket for mixing cement
A plastic bag for lining the bucket (optional)
Rubber gloves and some cleaning rags
STEP 1 :: Line your bucket with a plastic garbage bag for easier clean up (this is optional). Scoop several cups of cement into your bucket. Add water and stir. For best results, put on rubber gloves and mix by hand. Keep adding small amounts of water or cement as needed until the cement is the approximate consistency of thick cake batter.
STEP 2 :: Scoop cement into your clear vinyl pot saucers until 1 cm below the brim.
STEP 3 :: Have children add tiles & marbles, etc... to decorate. Be sure the items are pressed in firmly with the edges slightly submerged or the items might fall out once the cement is dry.
STEP 4 :: Once the design is completed, use a damp rag to gently wipe any cement smudges off the tops of the tiles and marbles.
STEP 5 :: Allow to dry several days, remove from the molds and find homes for your beautiful stepping stones in the garden.