I can never have enough garden space. And, we had a problem hillside that I just couldn’t tame. A new garden seemed like the perfect solution; but nothing is ever easy. We planned a retaining wall made of landscape ties, some landscape fabric to suppress the weeds and a load of top soil to create a herb garden right outside the back door. After three trips to Home Depot for extra supplies, and a full weekend of work, it finally came together. It looks pretty good – don’t you think?!
This summer has done nothing but rain. I haven’t watered the garden once this year – in fact, it is so water-logged that tomatoes fall off the vines still green, pepper plants are taller than I am yet refuse to set any peppers and the corn stalks are laying flat on the ground from having been beaten into submission by unrelenting torrents of rain. Not having a bumper crop of corn this year is not a big deal — but not having a driveway — that’s a problem.
Last Monday morning brought 2.5 inches of rain in less than an hour on top of about six inches from the previous week. Despite having a culvert and huge underground pipes installed to divert the water away from and underneath the driveway, this storm was too much for it to handle, and the driveway took off – down the driveway.
We’ve had small wash-outs before that Chris was always able to patch by hauling the run-away stone back up the driveway and tamping it into place. But this time, we needed a dump truck full of stone, the front-end loader and the grader (yes, I begrudging admit – the tractor came in handy). Chris is about half way through the process of spreading the stone, tamping it down and then grading it. And guess what — today it is raining, AGAIN. Fingers crossed that our driveway holds up and he can finish the fixing driveway on Monday.
I think we need to install sandbags before the next deluge! Otherwise, I might need a canoe to get to work.