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calendar   Tuesday - May 27, 2014

Shoveled Out For Today

Digging in the garden all day long. Very tired now. And dirty.

But I am making progress. I made my own little soil sifter and used it to screen the dirt a foot deep across the whole lower bed. I have no idea how many pounds of stones I took out of the soil, but I kept dumping them over the edge of the steep embankment here, and twice made a mini-avalanche. Good. Rock rich soil is no fun to garden in. So after I filled up 3 20 gallon plastic storage bins and 2 18 gallon plastic storage bins with sifted cleaned subsoil, I had to put it all back. But first I mixed it with some manure compost and some bagged topsoil, so at least now it’s halfway decent for growing things in.

The rain came around just about the time my arms wore out, so I’ll let Mother Nature water things in so they settle. Then the garden will get a top layer of 4” of organic topsoil mixed with that Miracle Grow super garden stuff in the big yellow bags. Then I can plant.

Tomorrow, if it is done raining, I’ll lay in a few more plinths and glue on some edgers. That’s turning into odd work, the kind you do either on your knees or lying down, digging a narrow groove in the hard ground with a trowel and a claw hammer. So it goes really slow, but the result looks really nice.

I figure I’m building a garden that should last a couple decades, and I’m fine with that.

And yes, I remembered to put the cover on the brand new grill. Don’t want it getting wet now, do we?

Oh gawd, my arms hurt. I’m too old for this Farmer Bob stuff, by half. Time for a long hot shower.


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