After Mel and I both shoveled for 2.5 hours, we are beginning to see just how long this project is really going to take. Digging is hard because there are soooo many roots. We’re considering renting a roto-tiller or something that would just rip through all the roots for us. We worked until we couldn’t see any more, then took some photos – so the photo is dark. We estimate we’re about 10% through the “excavation” phase. Luckily, we were able to locate the live electric cables that string underground between the house and the garage without slicing through one and electrocuting ourselves. We aren’t sure what to do about buried cables in the middle of our project… we’ll probably just bury them deeper than they were before and pretend they aren’t there.