It’s outta here!

Yesterday was the day the we finally got started in removing the hideous 35′ x 35′ slab of concrete (poured by the previous owner). that covered valuable soil . Donning safety goggles and gloves the guys hammered away at the slabs with an electric jack hammer rented over the holiday. With the school directly behind our house on break, we felt it was a good time to use this noisy contraption.

Because of this latest construction project and the eventual elimination of over 50 self-watering pots, we figure we will lose quite a lot of poundage harvested this year while we design this new patch of earth. We’ve been discussing possible plans for this uncultivated spot and we’d like to experiment a little (actually a lot, too many ideas on the table!).

Instead of raising the area there’s been talk about making a sunken garden to capture the rain, putting in a grey water pond area, vertical gardening concepts and a few other practical ideas.   It should be fun to participate in and watch the transformation take place; however, the down side is we won’t be planting and harvesting as much like the last 2 years. I expect the end of the year tally to be less than last year.

As for the concrete, we want to recycle as much as possible for pathways and perhaps a retaining wall.

After a day of hard work, that evening, we went over to friends and enjoyed a wonderful meal (complete with tofu turkey).A happy & blessed harvest season to all!

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  1. gerry medland says:

    ‘a step backwards is progress’
    courtesy of JD

  2. Selah says:

    How do you plan to recycle your concrete in a wall? We took out a pad last spring and have a lovely concrete mountain behind the barn that we would love to put to better use. 🙂

  3. dermot says:

    That looks amazing…I can’t wait to see it! It looks a horrendous amount of work. – Imagine the task without the electric jackhammers (which would be the scenario post-peak oil). Now’s the time for people to do this if they have the vision. – I like the idea of sunken beds, although with all the rocks and rubble in california soil, would that cause a problem?

  4. Roger Gray says:

    We LOVE the concrete flower! We have some concrete and attached asphalt we wanted to remove and replace with something more permeable, but we are inspired by your example and will likely break up the concrete in place in a lovely design! We figure this way we can achieve all our goals at once: increased flow through of ran water, an aesthetic piece for a main walking space in our back yard, and LOW debris generation to either try to recycle or as a last result send to the landfill.

    Thanks for the great idea!

    You know, so many of us watch your prgress and borrow hear and there that you never hear about, you may not realize the impact your one little project has the world over!