The end of December 2016 is the perfect time to work on the river rock pathway which hasn’t been touched in 3 years.
I started filling in one side of the concrete slab (for the outdoor kitchen) with rocks that did not need to be cemented in place. I had already filled it in with sand when I made the brick patio. I was also able to use some leftover gravel/sand. I placed the rocks in one day:
Sunday, December 25: Cemented in river rocks onto one side of the cement pad where people will step into the outdoor kitchen. Started with 8 bags of cement (60 lb.).
Monday, December 26: Continuing the pathway in an arch shape after clearing weeds and grass. Fortunately, I had compacted gravel years ago and it was solid, just had to add cement and rock. I had some rocks laying around. Bought 10 bags of cement.
Wednesday: December 28: Another day of rocks and cement. Bought 12 more bags of cement.
Thursday: December 29: Looking good and making progress.
Friday, December 30: Got a late start, but a few more rows added. At 4pm went to Central Valley Home Supply for a 1/4 yard of large river cobble ($45.00) to get me through the weekend.
Saturday, December 31: Started at 10:45am and ended at 4pm. Bought 11 bags of cement and used 7 today.
This is the end of the walkway at this point. Cardboard/mulch (sheet mulching) will be added over the grass. River rock, raised border around the two fruit trees to do later. I’ll also make the circular stepping stone another weekend using found metal pieces and broken ceramics.
Saturday: January 6, 2017: Bought 10 bags of cement and mixed 8 bags. Removed sliding barn door off the wall in order to weld the slider bracket and raise it’s height. Received 12 mosaic tile strips off ebay for the step-up into the garage.