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Lining the walkway

Starting a planting bed

Our new homestead came with a big pile of rocks and a similarly sized pile of pea gravel. The former, I suspect, were ripped out of the ground when former owners put in an ill-fated foundation, and I'm not sure what the latter was intended for. I immediately claimed both for my garden.

Now that we've had time to decide which door will be the main entrance (the back one) and what route we'll take to get to it (a semi-circle curving from parking area around the corner), I figured it was time to make the path official. I brought over a bunch of pea gravel for our walkway, then laid down cardboard lined with rocks and weighed down with topsoil to make a bed along one side.

Once I get another load of rich earth from our neighbor, I'll fill in the opposite side as well. I'm thinking this approach to the trailer will be deer-proof red raspberries for nibbling on our short walk home.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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