Dave had to level off part of the yard to make the blocks sit straight and that was even more arduous than expected.
This is the 'soil' he dug up, 95% stone and the rest is clay. We are using it in the bottom of tub #1 for drainage. There isn't a chance in the world that I could have amended this stuff to make it into good soil. Forget. It.
The height of the tubs is now about 32-33 inches, which is right where my hips meets my legs. Perfect height to stand and cultivate. We still have half of the mulch remaining, so we plan today to mulch the perimeter of the yard about 4-5 feet in from the fence. This will leave just a strip of grass, should it ever green up.
At the end of the day we brought out the hose and sprayed the mulch down and then Dave rolled it smooth with the water-tank roller. That green thing in the yard is the cap to our buried propane tank for the fireplace. What a dopey idea. But we will disguise it with flower pots.
I found this photo on the internet, which fills me with hope for the summer growing season.
Love how the squash is overtaking this tub. eeeeeuuuwww!