Foundations of a Hillside Garden
|Early January 2019...|
|Early March, 2019 - nothing has changed.|
Surprisingly even with weeks of heavy rain my path didn't fall apart, slide down the hill or otherwise disintegrate.
Recently I found myself with a week off and no particular place to go. Perhaps the stars have finally aligned.
|Starting on the Gabion Baskets|
When we bought our house we inherited a lovely, aggregate patio from 1968. Were these things ever considered attractive? I've removed a few sections over the years and getting rid of the rubble has been expensive and hard - until now. Well - it's still hard but at least the concrete chunks are useful as fill.
|Source of Rubble for Baskets|
Our fence is a bit old too - in fact it's barely standing up. It might date from the 60's as well.
Along with the patio rubble I'm adding almost four yds of crushed drain rock for use as a footer, and backfill. The idea is to let water move through the baskets and avoid a build up of pressure. Each basket has a foot print of 3' x 2' and a height of 2' - 2.5', have a few internal wires for tension. They are not going anywhere and will eventually become part of the hillside itself. I'm going to add an extra basket on the end that will return into the hillside and hide the rubble edge shown above... should have done that first. oh well.
|Gabion baskets filled with rubble and drain rock.|
|Last basket in place and rough grade established|
Hopefully this creates a space just big enough for a few people to hang out and enjoy the offsite views. The path will eventually wind all the way down to the side walk (and by eventually I mean years from now). Planting will hide onsite views from the street.
|Two+ tons of Telluride Gold Drystack|
|Mini-footer for the drystack wall|
|Starting the drystack wall|
|The wall doubles as informal seating|
Today's my last day of vacation so the path, the wall and any planting will have to wait until next time... but honestly - that's ok. My body needs a break.
I really thought I'd finish this grading / retaining project AND get some plants in the ground. I was wrong. Below is a glimpse of the plants waiting to go in the ground. Clearly I will need to go shopping for more but that's not really a bad thing is it?
|Plants enjoying a rare spot of sun - February, 2019|
|Agave titanota Blue|