Ravenclaw Extra Credit: Alchemy (Can I do extra credit by combining classes?)
Project: Retaining Wall
I spent the day helping my friend build a retaining wall in his backyard. He bought this house last summer, and I told him I would help with setting up the garden. I did not know what I was getting myself into!!
It took the two of us six hours and two trips to the hardware store, but we got it built!! We dug out the ground, leveled it, laid the bricks, filled in the back with soil, then planted marigolds and dusty miller. I ended up spacing the plants a little too close together, but hopefully they will look nice when they grow in. It looks realllly good from the road, since it's a hill and you can't see behind the flowers.
Last weekend we put some similar bricks around two trees that are on flat ground. We didn't level the ground first though, and you can tell. We also filled in the area between the bricks and the trees with white rocks, which looks great against the grey retaining stones. I also planted flowers in two pots by his front door. All said and done, I think his house looks much nicer now! Sorry no pictures from last weekend.
from the road
side view showing the plants close together
Edit: lol, all that dirt on the ground!! We were so tired and dirty at the end of the today. I just want to sleep now!