Monday, July 5, 2010
Nope, time and the growing season waits for no one, so it's been yard and garden, garden and yard, since the 19th of June.
Grinding up last fall's leaves to mulch the vegetable beds, mostly. How long I could do that each day has depended upon three factors: 1) the relative wetness of the leaves to be chopped, 2) the battery life remaining in my lawn mower, and 3) the energy remaining in me. Nos. 1 and 2 are the most determinative, since I'd be tempted to keep going until I dropped (though I know I shouldn't) if the mower would keep going and if there were enough dry leaves to do.
Got some pruning in, too, late last week. My weeping cherry needed a haircut, badly, and I confess to taking my pruners to the shrubs of the neighbors to the west, here and there, to clean up where he'd done a crudely quick-and-dirty hack job on them about a month ago. I mean, I'm the one who's gotta look at them, right?
It settled down and filled the barrel, and we got another good barrel-filler the 23rd. Hope we get another soon. That's the last it's rained worth a darn around here.
What else? Once the leaves were gone from their spot in the west border, I moved the broken bricks I put there two years ago, then dug out the river rock and took up the landscape fabric. Discovered a cool thing when I did: the previous owners, when they put in the board fence, lined the foot of it with brick pavers. Funny, it's only like this on the west side. Looks like it keeps small creatures from burrowing underneath. I laid another row of bricks over that, since the fence has shifted a bit.
That done, I was able to turn my compost pile. Lots of nice dirt on the bottom, which I'll have to decide where to use. Maybe I can fill the depressions in my front lawn. Heaven knows that with this dry spell the grass in those areas might be dead already.
So I'll try to add a picture or two to this post, then it's off to the shower.