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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in earthworks.

A dry stack wall is simply stacked rocks that form a wall without using mortar or other type of cement.

They are very useful simply as walls or for retaining soil, letting water drain freely through the rocks. Here is a cool use for one! Interesting keyhole hugelkulter design

Here is a dry stack retaining wall that meets the criteria:



More about dry stack retaining walls.

Here Paul discusses a dry stack wall that he and Jocelyn put up in just a few hours that will probably last for decades! The dry stack part starts at 2:10.



To get certified for this BB, your wall should be at least 2 feet tall and 4 feet long with three pics.  

  - Your area before starting
  - Progress about half way through, showing some of the rocks stacked
  - Finished project
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I built a dry stack retaining wall today at the PEP1 event!  Well, I built something crappy first and Paul gave me some training and then I rebuilt it better.  It's holding soil back from behind a fruit tree.  It would be better at holding back the hill if it was curved against the side of the hill better (C shape as you look down from above) but in this case I didn't want to undermine the berm by digging out too much.  

The crappy things I did wrong the first time were:
  • I had dirt touching the backside of the rocks instead of rubble and gravel
  • I had vertical lines.  It should be one rock straddling two as much as possible
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    Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

    I certify that this BB is complete!

     
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    So far this is the work that I'm the most proud of. There is an apple tree outside of Allerton Abbey that was in danger of being smooshed! Here is my journey to get a BB, my artsy, and make a beautiful home for the apple.

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    The start!
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    Digging and tamping area
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    Height of wall is 2ft
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    Showing the width of less than 4ft but as a half circle it was more than 4ft.
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    Final wall for BB
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    Final project: I took down some of the rocks on the South side for more sun for the apple and added some mulchy goodness!
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    I certify this BB is complete!

     
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    That looks awesome Ashley, looks like that apple tree has a nice new home!
     
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    I don't know what a badge is and I will not be able to get before photos until after the Imbolc, as we only have solar power and I will not have access to my computer, where before photos are stored, and the internet for lack of power until then. But I took some photos with my phone this morning and will share them.
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    That's a pretty wall Tiffaney!  Do you have a picture of it before you started and one of it partially constructed?
     
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    Thank you, Mike!

    The wall isn't actually finished still. It is supposed to get up to the level of the black plastic livestock watering containers behind it and cover the black plastic edges. This is our used water treatment system. We started working on it in 2015 and I know I posted pictures of the beginnings on Facebook. I probably have them somewhere, but it will take power that we don't have at this time of the year to find them. I think it is about two years now that our used water goes into the system and all of the work around it is not a big priority. My husband sometimes adds a couple of stones when he sees one that he thinks looks right. I haven't added anything  besides soil and plants during the past year, so he is the one needs to be credited for the work.

    The black plastic containers (drinking troughs?) are our vertical plant filters. The water pipes go out the bottom of them, through the wall, and into the horizontal filter that is below the wall. The wood bark hides the pipes.
     
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    I'm at the library right now and have found the photos on facebook.
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    The rock in the middle is the menhir (the standing rock) at the end of the wall.
    The rock in the middle is the menhir (the standing rock) at the end of the wall.
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    This is around the entire length of the wall, as we were digging out the horizontal filter. The vertical filters did not involve as much digging.
    This is around the entire length of the wall, as we were digging out the horizontal filter. The vertical filters did not involve as much digging.
    Staff note (Mike Haasl):

    I certify this BB complete (for Tiffaney's husband). If he or you are going to do more BBs you'd need to get different accounts so we can keep the certifications straight. Thanks!

     
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