The backhoe could not reach every spot around the fence, so I am doing it manually with a shovel, gloves, trowel, pruners and brute strength. This one strip was particularly difficult. It was the garden you see here.
There was a tough black barrier of some sort along the fence that had an invasive bicolour plant (no idea what it is) growing over and under the barrier, trapping it in the root system. The roots needed to come out as it will just spread into the garden again. There were a couple of railway ties and boards along the fence, but mostly buried, a lot of large granite rocks, some shells and odds and ends. It was bloody hard work. But I found a treasure. This lovely 12X14 rock was unearthed. The part of the rock that is green is all that was sticking out of the soil. I had no idea how huge and heavy it would be. Bloody heavy!! I love the shape and will put it somewhere where it can just be beautiful.
It would have taken me all day to spread the chips out over the back yard. Maybe two days.