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Engineering a Retaining Wall: A retaining wall can hold back a hillside and turn steep slopes into living space -- if you pay attention to the basics.


Building a retaining wall with a drainage system is one way to make your property more usable especially if you have sloped portions of land. Retaining walls prevent erosion and divert rainfall runoff. Doing so makes more of your land usable for gardening or as living space and increases property value over the long term.

from The Family Handyman

“Deadman” timber anchor to stabilize wood retaining wall. Use .40 treated lumber for contact with ground/wet surface and treat any cut edges. Use fabric liner and gravel base/fill behind. Don't forget drainage!


When building a retaining wall, lay perforated drainage tubing at the base of the wall slightly above ground level so runoff can drain out without undermining your wall


10 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Food Learn how to grow your own food with easy steps for both beginner gardeners and pros. I believe everyone should experience the many benefits of growing your own food and this will get you started.