I watched about 10 you tube videos on how to build a retaining wall and I felt pretty good about Cam and I building it ourselves. The plan was to use a natural stone and mortar.
The day that Cameron was fixing up the deck, I laid out the plan for the wall. I laid out my hose to make the shape I wanted and then quickly ran a line through the dirt with a pick axe.
And next, I started to dig. For the 3-4 hours Cameron was working on the deck, I was digging out the trench for the wall. I got about 6 inches deep and made it 5 feet length wise (no picture of that disappointment). If you live in Arkansas, you know why it took so long. Arkansas native "soil" is probably 75% rock and 25% clay. It was horrible. I was really tired and really discouraged. I was so bummed because I really wanted to get my garden up and going asap!
So Cameron and I talked about it and we decided if we could hire it out for within our budget, we would do that. Another reasoning behind hiring someone was if we did the wall wrong and it failed, we would end up spending more in the long run.
Luckily, we didn't need to decide who to get a bid from because our friends from church own a concrete business, Aquacrete. Randy came out to look at it, and (yay!) the quote was within our budget.
In the week before they came, we ripped out the ties to prep.
After they left last night, we dug out the grass for the area where the garden will be.
I will post some pictures of today's progress tomorrow, so stay tuned!