|Beginning the general layout with stones, boards, and stray gutters marking the boundaries.|
I can finally get my hands in the dirt, doing the fun work of homesteading…happy to be done with the planning phase! First, I had to test my measurements and plans and see if they would really work. Pencil and paper is so great – you can make anything look like it will work. I did some adjusting – narrowed the paths to cut back on the amount of bricks needed, which of course also expands the productive space available for planting. The good news is – the general concept fits and works. Next step was buying the lumber. We bought 2x8's…went over budget a bit, and by a bit, I mean double! Not a good start in the budget department but otherwise a productive and fun day.