Stairs through the Mud!

Now that we have the trails done, it’s time to add some flair and easy access in and out of the horse corral. It all started when the horse stall leaked water after our first heavy rain a few weeks ago. It was necessary to add drainage. I wanted low-rise stairs over the drain pipe that would be easy to ride Khaleesi up to the trail. Also, drain rock would prevent upturned mud and erosion.

Will and I started last weekend digging out the squares, adding a redwood frame and drain tube, and filling in with 1/2 yard of drain rock. We were tested with a rain day, and there was no leak! Great, it works!!!

Yesterday, we continued the project by adding 1 yard of drain rock to fill the space and cover a second drainage tube. Next weekend we’ll finish up, I have to get another yard of drain rock for the second tier. I didn’t think this project would take 3 Saturdays, but it’s necessary and looks great for access to the trail through the horse stall with the big, new sliding barn door.

1 yard of gravel to fill in this tier and adding wood chips to the top area.

Our second project yesterday was to build steps and add a smaller barn door to the horse exit up to the hillside. It was a muddy hill before we dug out a stair step up. I had two 4′ wide pieces of plywood left over from the barn door build, so I was able to make a matching door for this space. It came out really nice! We still have one small section of a retaining wall to add which will connect to the manure bunker.

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2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.
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