Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Garden Construction - Phase 2...


Well if you read my previous post, you know that last weekend I had a guy come in with a Bobcat to dig up a few loose junks of concrete from our soon-to-be vegetable garden. Problem is, those "junks" turned out to be huge pieces of foundation, left behind from the house that once occupied the lot. Following the excavation, I was­­ left with a mountain of cement - right in the middle of what is supposed to be the raised bed garden.

Next came phase 2. Hauling off these massive junks. First we had to rent a hammer attachment for the Bobcat. Not overly expensive but not in the original budget for this project. Then these smaller pieces had to be loaded on to a trailer and hauled to the cement recycle place on Harborside.  Again - none of this was in the original budget, so we're already over the $$$ limit we had planned.

After Jim finished up with the Bobcat and did a little leveling, Sharon and I racked out the remaining debris. Sharon gathered up the shell, bits of concrete, wood, pvc pipe, and other items left behind. I used the rack to try to get a little better "finished grade." THEN - we loaded all this @#$% in the truck and hauled it to the COG dump station. Don't know if you've ever been there but all I can say is Peeeeeeeee U. That place stanks!!! We've had to haul stuff there before so we knew what to expect. But even with advance knowledge it still takes my breath away. Our clothes went directly in to the wash.

Next comes some structural work and then we'll start building some raised beds. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

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