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Hello, I am new to this site and am a keen gardener. We are planning to have a 6x4m patio dug into our sloping garden in the spring. I've been looking for ideas for how we could make a feature using the top soil that will be dug out when making the patio as our garden is predominantly laid to lawn (actually more of a field - grass and weeds) and it would be good to add some interest to break it up. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Maria


Hi Maria and welcome!  How about raised flower and/or vegetable beds?



If your ground is sloping will they not be using the soil to build up the low side to level it?


Or, since you have the digger in, dig out a circle, bank up the earth gently, including the soil from the patio and have a really protected sunken garden. See pics from The Old Vicarage at East Ruston to get a feel for this kind of thing. You could grow quite tender plants because they would be protected from the worst of the weather.


When we did ours we had to dig 5ft down on the high end, but being fortunate enough to back onto fields, we made a bank with it.

only the top 6inches or so is top soil then there was grass in, so on a project that big we just didn't think it was worth the bother to try to save it. Here are a couple of photos.




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