Saturday, June 24, 2017

An Almighty Garden Destination

A stone pathway was installed maybe two years ago. Almighty Falls wasn't just talk. It was inevitable.

A new stone staircase was put in about a year ago to replace the old stairs that had collapsed. That cut off machine access which has been replaced with my back, God help me.

One of five rolls of rubber liner awaits. That roll weighs about 250 pounds.

The Almighty Pond got more gravel and my rock man got excited and added some big boulders to hide the hole in the wall.

That big box is the skimmer for the pond. Yes it is that big. The pump is huge and weighs 85 pounds.

The real geology is an exposed, tiered vein of solid rock with a spring coming out of it. I have been digging through the decomposition of its former life as a water course and decades of falling debris to the solid slab of stone below.

Then forming channels for the new rubber lined Almighty Falls on top of that. This is where I plan to split the stream.

Along the way I have to hide sections of the decomposing wall. The rock man refuses to repair them saying that trapping the water that caused this will only make them fall even sooner.

The channeling is about two thirds done.

This is really only step one. I am creating the channel base for the geotextile and rubber liner.

That gets laid over the base and the whole thing is covered in rock to build the actual Almighty Falls. That's a whole lot of rock toting. I'm going to need some help.

Mixed in with all that are skimmers, filter falls, plumbing and electrical. Just a few other details.

Sure looks tidier already.

I stopped here at the end of the day, the scary part at the base of the falls. Those two big flat stones on the left need to be moved out of the way. The stacked stone steps beneath the falls from its former life are half gone. There is another hole in the wall to hide on the right beneath that giant boulder.

The bare muddy part is another solid slab of rock and water is seeping out every where. Oh my!

The filter falls for this is four feet wide. This is twice the size of all my other ponds.

Almighty Falls is going to make Twin Falls Pond look like a puddle.


Lisa Greenbow said...

Wears me out just looking at your progress. Take care of yourself.

Dana Foerster said...

Your final results are amazing and beautiful! Looks like the Almighty may have had a hand in this project, too!!

Christopher C. NC said...

Too late Lisa. My back is already toast.

Dana I have high hopes for the finished Almighty Falls. Planting will be done by fall no doubt. Next spring will really show the results.

beverly said...

Good Lord I didn't know you had turned from gardening to civil engineering! The trick is to supervise the labor, not to do the labor, haha. Sounds like it will be a real accomplishment when done; good for you.