Yesterday's Things I get to do today included tending the front flower bed, the one by the curb. It faces east and dries out quickly after a watering. Mulch would be the answer in our area, something like bark dust. Here in Oregon you can hire a big truck with a huge hose that will pump a cubic yard in three minutes. People cover all their bare ground with bark dust. Keeps the weeds down (for awhile) and looks tidy and uniform. My mulch is similar but is enhanced with compost and good things for the plants. It helps hold the moisture in the ground because sometimes in Oregon it does not rain.
Putting mulch in an established flower bed needs to be done carefully with a degree of sensitivity and attention. The big truck and the hose are out. My usual technique is to gather what I can between my two hands and place it between and around plants. By the end of the second wheel barrow load heading out to the flower bed, my back starts talking to me in a low, grumbly tone.
|Bottomless milk jugs |
made into plant cloches
|The perfect scoop|
It was also hot and noon straight up when I finished, and all I could think about was the Perfect Scoop--of ice cream.