Spring has sprung here in the Napa Valley and it couldn’t be more beautiful. Mustard seed is everwhere:
|Taken on bikeride in the Coombsville AVA|
All of our plants are budding and the insectory we planted is buzzing with bees and butterflies!
|A swallowtail enjoying the bees bliss we planted|
And just when I thought we were done with major projects, my husband wanted to finish just one more (again!).
Ok, we were both itching to finish the downslope of the property. Cleaning it up was already a huge process, but we wanted to make it more accessible by putting in new stairs, and flat sections with retaining walls.
Now Shawn has never been much a of a do-it-yourself-er so imagine my shock when he dug out all three of the trenches for the flat parts of the pathway himself. That was a lot of work!
As you can see in the above photo, he did hit a few rocks. They would have to be jackhammered by the landscape crew.
Next, the landscape crew came in to install the retaining walls. First the posts were cemented in.
Then the retaining walls built:
Then the pathways built up and drainage installed:
And then it was onto the stairs. You may recall when we cleaned out the downslope, we uncovered all of the old railway ties. First, they had to be taken out. Because they contained arsenic, we had to find a facility to dispose of them.
My next post will show the befores and afters of the downslope. Stay tuned!