Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Turned A Corner
Recently much of our time in the gardens has been spent removing weeds before their seed load was dropped on the planting beds. That urgency has passed as most of the weeds seeds are now mature. Additionally, heavy rain fell here overnight. Garden soil that wet is best left alone. So we turned to the shade garden down near the road. Working from the hardwood bark mulch path, we were able to reach into the woods soil while doing no damage.
The last five stones at path's edge were placed today. The moss covered stone near the tree trunk caught my eye some time ago. It was nearly buried by the gravel fill that was used to bury the remains of the burned barn in the late 50's. Moss stones appeal to me since they add a natural look to the woodland garden. This stone was worked free of the fill and rolled into the trailer. As luck would have it, the stone was easily rocked free and worked into the back edge of the dump cart.
The carefully tended lawn belongs to our neighbor. We are trying to establish a garden that is worthy of space adjacent to their lawn. Visible weeds show that we are still working on our part of the picture. The path will continue on the narrow strip of ground between the tree trunks. For now, we need to place the stones along the side of the path opposite today's work.
This is the view looking in the opposite direction. The area opposite the bench has been partially planted with native woodland plants. Moving in the opposite direction takes us out of the shaded canopy of the sumac trees. Here we intend to plant asters and black-eyed Susans. Both the jumble of rocks and the weeds show that this area still needs considerable work. Another thick layer of grass clippings recently placed will make removal of the pasture grasses and their roots relatively easy if we get to it before snowfall. Our time spent outside today was wonderful. Any day that includes the safe placement of native stones is both pleasant and permanent. These stones will stay where placed. They have been carefully supported underneath so that any child walking on top of them will find solid footing. In time in their new home, moss will spread giving these rocks the appearance of having been here for a long time.