Dirt. And rocks. And rocks. And more dirt.



Just one pile of dirt in a series of piles of dirt. Thrilling!

The entire back yard currently looks like a work site, as we have been digging out an enormous hole to build a garden up out of.  I’ll post about the garden another time, but for now I want to engage the mundane task of reveling in rocks and dirt. Sound under-thrilling? Well I spend just about all my time on days off from work hauling rocks and dirt around my yard, so this is a peek into my “leisure” activities, if you will.

This giant mound of dirt is a project within a project wrapped up in a project with a few projects on the side.

  1. Turning the earth and removing rocks to get the ground ready for the garden
  2. eventually making a fire pit and “patio” (extreme stretch of the term) out of the very large rocks that have come up
  3. making a rock wall around my wildflower/pollinator garden with the medium size rocks
  4. making a stone path through my back yard to the state park that’s behind my house

The very large rocks will be starring in their own post one day, for now we’ll focus on the smaller stuff.



a pile of rocks. when I fit them neatly together, they will make a section of the wall



the rock wall in an early stage

That ocean of green weeds you see  behind the wall is mugwort. I spend a fantastic amount of time digging it out of my yard and replacing it with wildflower seeds so that bees, butterflies, hummingbird moths, and other pollinators will be happy in my yard.


mugwort roots, the bane of my existence

Mugwort is a very invasive species that is incredibly difficult to get rid of and will take over any spot of dirt it sees. There is a state park with beautiful hiking paths and brooks behind my house, but you have to make your way through mugwort that can grow over 6 feet tall to get there. So I’ve been making a pathway through the mugwort, hauling rocks by bucket and wheelbarrow to make for an easy passage.


the mugwort doesn’t quite look happy that I’ve taken some of it’s ground


hauling rocks. per norm.


These projects will be updated as they progress-  hey- and eventually get completed! But for now this should explain such things as 1. my farmer tan 2. why my boots are perpetually shaking out dirt 3. why I’m so sore after a day off.





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