Not surprising I suppose is the fact that the first and second major undertakings on my side of the list of things to do involve slinging a shovel. Two very different tasks with opposite reasons for being....yet, quite intertwined in their process.
Our home was built somewhere in the neighborhood of 1870. A simple wood frame number built with was was at hand and subject to the limitations of it's terrain. Bedrock (flat and solid) is very close to the surface which meant that anything more than a crawlspace under the house was not possible. In this scenario, drainage away from the structure is of supreme importance to it's longevity. And while our home inspector said things looked good down below (I took his word for it) he recommended a 12" wide and 12" deep trench be dug around the entire building and backfilled with gravel graded to slope away from said building. Which is why I found myself watching in disbelief as 14 tonnes of gravel was dumped on our driveway this week.
Work boots and gloves on hand the digging commenced. With a slightly choppy and newbie approach, the process ended up looking something like this....
Dig out large rocks from designated area to be backfilled. Move a pile somewhere else. Separate out the good soil and move to a pile closer to where the garden will be. Ensure trench is relatively level and of the right depth and width. Backfill with many more wheelbarrows of gravel than seems possible on first inspection. Dig. Move. Dig. Move. Backfill. Repeat.
In the end, the first small part of the perimeter that can be considered done looks like this.
The second part of this process I referred to above is much more interesting I assure you. And as you may likely have guessed it involves the digging of a garden. That part is for another day.
Happy Sunday all.