Of course the planting bed became more of a drainage project when we figured out that the rain barrel could only really be set up with the overflow port on the side that faced uphill.
Of course, I saw this overflow conundrum, and I said "I just need to dig out a little ditch and everything will be hunky dory." But then I back filled with loose dirt. This of course didn't work out very well during the rainstorm we had - the dirt got pushed out of way at the bottom of the cement drain guide and then just flowed directly to the cinder blocks. So I knew it had to be fixed - and of course this is all dumb because while I was backfilling with dirt I thought to myself "oh this isn't going to work out well... I should really back fill with rock." And lo, the woman, she is brilliant.
So this last weekend, I re-dug out the area by the plants I had planted, and then made a much more defined drainage ditch and backfilled everything with rocks instead of dirt. You read that right. Me. Not the husband and me. Just me. This is because he claims that if I had left the grass alone it would have been fine and I was making a mountain out of a molehill, why do I have to go redoing the perfectly adequate yard, yada, yada, yada. Of course it didn't help matters that to do this part, I cannibalized the rock bed at the other end of the yard. It's in my plan, but apparently the husband is incapable of reading a plan. And thus he promptly fuh-reaked out when he came out after I was done hauling rock back and forth.
My yard - my own personal "Hideous Bed."
|From the front|
|From the side - the drainage ditch makes a V shape so it waters the plants I have planted in the rocks (Brazos Penstemon, Blue Penstemon, and Hummingbird plant).|