Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dirt delivered

The dirt was delivered this afternoon, about 3:30. Three cubic yards.

I ordered more than was needed for the North Bed itself; I only put about 2 inches in depth on the North Bed, which comes out to about 1.2 cubic yards. But the minimum delivery is 3 cubic yards.

I put the rest on either side of the walkway, in Zone 2 or in the part that will become the lawn. Areas that had already been dug up, and have settled. I can either leave it there, long-term, or eventually transfer it somewhere else when that area is finished.

It took about 2 and a half hours to haul it all from the street to the back yard and distribute it around.

It's supposed to rain in the next couple of days, so I wanted to get this in before it rained.

The North Bed has an olive tree in the middle. My idea is to carpet the rest of it with lavender. Lavender is a perennial, so it will be there year after year. It is supposed to be hardy and drought-tolerant.

I bought 4 or 5 packs of lavender seeds from Amazon.com, and then planted them in areas of the North Bed. The instructions say they will germinate in about 20 days.

Building the Stone Wall

We have dug up a bunch of rocks. Linda thought we should keep them, so I piled them in the back yard.

From that Linda got the idea of building a rock wall separating the South Bed from the lawn.

We started at the end near the fence, selecting rocks that were big enough and shaped for stacking. We scattered the rocks over the yard, to make it easier to see each one.

We continued across the yard to meet the corner of the walkway at the raised garden. The idea was to make the wall two or three rocks high. It took about two days of moving, selecting, positioning.

We've moved the surplus rocks out to the front curb, to get rid of them.