The Mother of all Mosaic Paver Events

Dianne Sonnenberg is coming to the Austin Community College on November 17, 2018  to show us how to to design mosaic paver from scratch.  The pavers we design will be donated to the Mockingbird Garden as a part of the “Walking Path Project.” Dianne is an internationally known award winning mosaic artist so it is…

Trellis Installed

Today we managed to install the trellis (seen in photo bellow)  with help from George and his crew.  The cattle wire had to be cut with heavy-duty wire cutters.  This trellis is  more heavy duty than previous ones.  The canopy adds another focal point to the garden.  Can’t wait to see the beans take over. …

A night in the garden

This photo was taken at night.  The lighting makes the limestone bed radiate.  It’s a peaceful time when the frogs come out of their hiding places and crow while the deer come from the wooded area to graze.  I met with two bucks and a family of about 10 dear (all in the parking lot). …

Cinder Block raised bed

The cinder block raised bed project is near completion.  Our initial launch was ushered in with high school volunteers from Harmony Science Academy. The mulch was started with compost form the bin that had been accumulating.  All excesses from the garden were piled in the same area, building a nice heap.  As the materials decomposed…

Moringa tree grown from seed

The Moringa tree is called “the miracle tree.”  The seeds can be used to purify water!  There are so many uses of from this tree.  It’s a super food,  so image the nutrients loaded in this tree.  I first found out about this wonderful tree from a friend who gave seeds and later a tree.  …

Our first paver added to the garden

After reading a few books, watching many videos, searching the net, and receiving a donation of broken tile from Clay Imports the first mosaic tile paver was completed. A personal experience All around it was fun but I didn’t realize the amount of time it took to finish one paver.  I needed adhesive to glue…

Cinder block raised bed

One of our next projects is to create our final raised bed at the rear of the garden.  The design was modeled in #sketchup to give us an exact count and better visual concept of the raised bed. The video below is short and sweet.  It’s giving you the location of the area only.  We…

Corn harvest

Corn was harvested from the garden a few days ago.  Squirrels  devoured the entire corn crop two years prior.  A decision was made to move away from wide spaces to a more controlled garden with walking paths.   The area where you see the corn in the picture below is now a natural raised bed. …

Mosaic Tiles DIY

Mosaic Tips, Techniques & Materials with Bonnie Fitzgerald & Kim Wozniak In the video above, Bonnie demonstrates  processes used to convert a plain ordinary paver into a beautiful work of art . Mosaic tiling is an old world art form.  Rather than going into the history of Mosaic tile,  why not  display some of the…

Redesigning dull pavers to bring out the beauty of our garden

There are many ways to enhance the look of a garden.  It usually starts with the garden design and landscaping before anything is planted.  I bet many of you haven’t thought about redesigning the pavers on the walking paths. The pavers direct the flow of the garden.   It’s that formal addition that brings a planned…