A dump truck load of #67 and Crusher Run gravel was laid on the existing grade and packed. I used retaining wall blocks as a base against both the cabin and the deck to anchor my flower box wall.  These blocks were #2's and slightly damaged and purchased at a reduced price.
Blocks will provide be a good working foundation and never be seen after the flower bed soil is placed in the flower box.
This is the simple beauty of a dry stacked wall.
Both verticles and horizontals make the wall interesting.
Patio and stone work complete, July 2013.
Back patio behind bedroom and connected to deck.  We will eventually enclose this into a screened in porch.
(October 2012) 

I always liked "dry stack" stone.  Building two dry-stacked stone flower boxes adjacent to our deck was an interesting way to incorporate dimension and architecture into the existing landscaping. Dry stack stone retaining walls have been used in landscaping and farming for centuries. Remains of stone terraces from the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries can still be seen on the land in many areas of the northeastern and south-central United States as well as many other countries such as Ireland. In Europe dry stack stone walls are everywhere and are still being used for farmland.


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: : The Good and the Bad
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Dry stack outside wall is held in place with morter which can't be seen.
Waiting for a couple of loads of topsoil and savy plantings.
Laying flagstone patio...June 2013
Moss gathered from the mountain is planted between the
flagstone joints.