Bright and balmy. Finally. And we have begun to tackle the tangled, starved, overgrown sink-hole that is our yard. With a brisk breeze constantly blowing (with just a touch of winter coolness still in it), birds and squirrels chattering, and our wind-chimes put up again to serenade us, we have been:
- digging up the sod in the front yard to make way for raised veggie beds
- arranging those strips of sod upside-down in neat stacks for composting
- ordering and receiving shipments of soil and pea gravel (Seth loves the dumptrucks!)
- using a sledge-hammer on the padlock that former owners had used to secure a bbq to the (rotting) deck
- spraying weeds with vinegar (will it work?)
- wheel-barrowing pea gravel and spreading it under a shade tree in the back yard
- scraping down high-spots and filling in low spots
- pruning everything
- using broken (and smashing more- fun!) old pavers to create new walk-ways
- setting out seedlings to harden off in the sun and wind
- dividing and moving perennials
This summer is going to be completely packed with this kind of work, and I'm thrilled! This is the stuff I love to do most; though most of the heavy labor is being done by my hard-working man (I like watching!). Most summers I let the housework go, except for cooking and laundry from which there is no escape, so that I can spend every bit of time outside.
So... I've decided to take a vacation from blogging, both reading and writing. I plan to be back in this space in the fall. May you all enjoy a delightful and energetic summer, with time to bike-ride, camp, swim, read, garden, and eat green things from your garden and/or your local Farmer's Market! Those are my plans!
See you in a few months!