Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Garden surprises, Garden regrets
When they mow, they get little pieces of grass in it, and this combination of finely chopped leaves, with some green grass makes perfect compost. This perfect compost, when dug into my heavy clay soil, lightens the soil as well as provides me with mulch to keep down weeds. In previous years, when I didn't have trouble with my hip or was in chemotherapy, I would take my trusty lawn tractor with my wagon and scoop it all up...dumping it on my vegetable garden. This year, I've had to sit and look at it and snarl....my desire is great, but my pain is greater.
In addition to the pond and the retaining wall, you can see the concrete paver walkway...which also absorbs and retains the southern sun's heat.
Part of the trick to gardening is knowing what zone you're in and knowing what parts of your garden has little micro-climates which are warmer, or colder than the surrounding area. This knowledge allows you to grow things which others can't....and it makes you look like a green thumbed wizard when in reality you're just observant.