We hired a guy with an excavator to help us remake the garden. The third of an acre we use as a garden and which was a truck garden decades before we moved into this house slopes slightly to the north. It has been overgrown for years, even the part that we had used as a market garden fifteeen years ago. The wild plum thicket betwen the garden and the house had been spreading unchecked for the twenty years we have lived here. The Farm Lane that was once a road to the back of the asture and into the woods had been unkempt and slowly sinking into the dirt. And the barn we plan to build in this coming year needed a flat place to be built on. All that, and we were hoping for a pond.
We hired Jim, a local guy, for ten hours, which was ample for what needed to be done. He did an superb job leveling the barn and garden pad (where we may build a second greenhouse) and an interesting job on the pond. We aren’t sure he’s dug a pond before, and we weren’t able to be here when he was doing it. But we will make it work.