February 22nd, 2010

Fifteen Tons

Today the last bit of siding was hung, and this weekend Katherine, Katherine’s parents and I hauled a large pile of rocks into gabion baskets to make a garden retaining wall.

The siding is on the west facing wall of our bedroom where the ecoroof is. Its a rain screen like the rest of the walls, but is faced with hardie panels. We’ll probably paint them soonish because right now its a bit bright, but for now its just nice to have the siding complete.


Friday morning a delivery of fifteen tons of camas basalt, and in the afternoon we got a pile of gabion baskets. Both for our retaining wall that we worked on this weekend. Earlier we had a trench dug to sit the baskets in. Saturday with the help of Katherine’s parents we were able to load the whole first course of gabions with stone, and on Sunday we set up the second course.



Today was a long day of rock hauling. We started early and filled the top course of gabions about half way before pretty much running out of rock… another load of seven and a half tons is showing up tomorrow. Then in the afternoon we began to backfill our wall to get our garden in shape. We have this pretty great south facing area out front of our house that gets uninterrupted light for the entire day, but it needs work to be gardenable. When we bought the lot, it was a hard compacted slope that has had grass on it for probably decades. So with the retaining wall, we’re getting a level place for vegetables. Tomorrow I should be able to get the rest of the stone we need in place and hopefully cart our pile of mushroom compost (delivered on Saturday) into the garden area.


  1. Where did you get your gabion baskets? And do you mind sharing the costs of the baskets and rocks per lineal feet of wall?

    Comment by J. Kennedy — February 24, 2010 @ 13:20
  2. We got our baskets from a place called Coral Sales. We had two sizes of baskets that we used one that was 12’x3’x18″ which was about $85, and one that was 6’x3’x18″ that was about $55. The rock we got for $22 per ton plus delivery and I think a ton gets us something like 20 cubic feet.

    Comment by Matt — February 24, 2010 @ 13:59

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