Our relatively flat bit of land, is just that: relatively flat. In order to keep our sleeping bags from sliding around while camping we needed something decidedly flat.
Our neighbor kindly used his tractor to level out a camping spot big enough for a few tents but the raw earth is eroding back down with every rainfall. We need a short retaining wall to keep everything in place.
With an intended budget of about $0, we’ll be scavenging the local rock scattered about the property to use as building material.
The first step will be to gather enough rocks. We’ve started the process, and even stacked a bunch of them to get a feel for how it will work. Once gathered, we’ll need to clean up the cut, and dig a trench to seat in the base rocks. After that it’s stack-a-rock til we’re done.
- Elbow Grease
We’ve got plenty of rocks, but none of them as close to the wall location as you’d hope. We’ve been collecting as we go about taking care of other projects, but have a long way to go before ready to move on to the next phase.
Start Date: We began collecting rocks last fall (2015)
Status: Collecting Supplies/Planning
Need. More. Rocks.
Our main resource for planning the project is: Mother Earth News: Building a Retaining Wall.