“Its a Blessing–and a Curse”

IMG_5559I’ve got a great big beautiful pile o’ rock in my driveway. It’s about 2,000 pounds of blessing from a friend who was replacing retaining walls.

While he does appreciate the thoughtfulness of friends, my husband views these landscaping materials (at this stage of the project) more as a curse. Because of the fragile nature of my lower back, he is the one who is shifting this colossus of block—20 pounds at a time. He says that whenever I find a good deal or someone is generous with us, he gets another job to add to his list.

I prefer to think of it as a symbiotic relationship. I find stuff, and he makes wonderful things happen.

IMG_5565He has already used about a third of the original pile to close the back part of the raised bed he created for me last year. This year it is planted, as you can see, with cabbage, tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, green and wax beans, and sugar snap and flat peas. We ran out of block, and decided to wait and see what we could scavenge to finish the bed rather then spending money that we didn’t really have on block.

The rest of the pile will be used to replace rotting landscape timbers in other parts of the back yard. We will use the garden cart to move them back there as soon as my husband has time to lay more stone—or winter parking regulations force us to use the driveway as a place to actually park a car! Begonia

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2 Responses to “Its a Blessing–and a Curse”

  1. Kevin says:

    My first impression on the weight of these things was off – they were almost 40 pounds apiece. The initial pile was closer to 5 tons.

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