It's been dug out to a shovels depth and then refilled with ramail wood chips. The topsoil has been moved to a future garden bed location. The start of this path is level with our back patio and should catch the overflow from a rain barrel. I didn't want to cause a backwash over the patio and so didn't want to raise anything above the original soil level. Other than following the contour, it's identical to the path I made two years ago in the front yard. The front path has held up very well to traffic and successfully kept us from having a mud pit leading to the front door. I'm feeling very accomplished looking at it today.
In the background is my first swale with an apple tree planted down slope of the berm where the contour curves around it. The berm is covered in wild flowers that are just barely starting to bloom. We'll used a chainsaw to finish cutting down the dead tree, later this year. Behind that is a two year old hugelbed with a little asparagus and a lot of self seeded cilantro. Eventually I hope the hugel will settle to be a permanent buried wood bed. It's come down to about three feet from a beginning of five. I gave it an honest attempt, but even with the extra wet spring last year the raised hugel just hasn't thrived. Give me another eight years or so and I think I'll have the backyard where I want it to be.
One more swale planned down slope of this. That'll trisect the back yard. I have survey flags marking the contours. It won't happen until after the wild flowers are done blooming. There's a band of wild flowers growing right down the contour line. Not sure if that deserves a for flowers or a for delayed plans. Probably gonna let them drop seed before I dig.
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