The old steps were not consistent and too high so I added timbers to build a consistent rhythm. The timbers were from an old retaining wall I replaced two years ago. The pea rock was left over from a project. I left the little shrub in the steps for garnishment. As soon as people step on them they realize they need to adjust to new materials. Its like walking up a beach. I think this will help the timbers keep dry and reduce decay.
The steps are below ground level, as is good landscape design. I may replace the rock with something else later,we will see how it goes.
Permaculture and Polyculture Consulting and Design
Getting to know your property, the plants you have and those you can grow, is a fulfilling endeavor. With most I am the steward of the land. I give them good soil biology and they do the rest. If I group them in cohesive plant communities, they respond with greater yields. If I encourage the micro-organisms (Fungus and bacteria) , the roots obsorb more nutrients making a pest and disease resistant plant. A stronger plant that gives us more organic food and takes less energy.