"And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." Genesis 4:2
In order to lay the patio, dirt must be removed first. A lot of dirt. The soil had eroded down the slope toward the house until it was half way up the vent on the wall. After we leveled the soil to below the vent, we had to remove another 5" to make way for the gravel, sand, and stone. That's a lot of dirt. This shot was taken right after Hubby tilled the soil. Tilling makes light work of excavating. All this dirt will be thrown into the raised bed.
Before adding dirt to the raised bed, we removed the walls at both ends. That's why we didn't drive rebar into the end walls. (See yesterday's post.)
When this picture was taken, we didn't have the tractor, yet. Everything was done by hand. We loaded the little wagon attached to the back of the mower, drove into the raised bed, tilted the wagon, and dumping the dirt as I drove out the other end.
Hubby was so wise making the bed 4' wide - everything worked like a charm!
We added enough dirt to fill the bed to within 12" from the top, put the end pieces back in place, slammed in the remaining pieces of rebar, leveled the dirt, and called it good! Tomorrow's post: drip irrigation!