Well, not a mountain, exactly. A brick. This brick is a casualty of water seeping in through a crack, then breaking the brick apart from the inside by swelling to ice and shrinking back to water in the freeze/thaw cycle.

This brick shows why you want thermal mass around your house — push the freeze/thaw cycle away from your foundation, out into the earth; it’s a good use of heat, not a bad waste.

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The photo also shows how the borders work (sooner than I imagine now, I’ll be planting marigold beside the brick). Thinking about what a path is, I’m wondering if a path is a limit case of a bed. Is everything that grows in a garden in a bed or a path?