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This Old Mike's House Journal: Garden Wall Project
(October 5th, 2003)

This garden wall is the first major improvement project I've done since moving into my house two years ago. All the projects I had done up to now were repairs and minor changes.

The wall serves a few purposes:

First, it is a place for people to sit when I have a barbeque. The wall is about 18" high, which is the height of a typical chair's seat. The wall is also wide enough to sit on, or lie on, or walk on, or sit a plate on.

Second, it prevents erosion on a slope where the erosion used to be checked by a huge sprawl of ivy. As we all know, ivy is evil. The ivy ruined the fence that was there before I moved in, and would ruin the new fence if not terminated with extreme prejudice.

Most importantly, the wall just plain looks cool.

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blocks and fill rock delivered raw materials layout the hole
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big-a** root the hole,again base fill the tools pile of roots
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the first course lining up the first course second course Got wall! awkward corners
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drain pipes the wall the wall back side drain outlet
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drain rock plastic sheeting leftover blocks Finished!