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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Okay, NOW we're tucked in 2012
First off, I raked up the gum leaves. They really were pretty deep and would not have done the lawn (still recouping from the drought) any good over winter.
Besides, I'd sorta had a place I could use them.
Tired of the *&*# deer ravaging my vegs this season, I have decided to turn the old veg bed into a flower bed.
As for the veg, I'm moving them into the ring bed.
Growing in the northern segment of the ring has turned out well. So, I figured, I'd just add another parallel segment inside the ring.
That way it should be easy next summer to fence them both in against the deer.
Earlier (mid-November) I'd staked out the 3-foot wide, 45-ft long arc and, having no newspaper, I sprayed with herbicide.
But in cooler weather, grass is hard to kill. You can see in the pic that after over 2 weeks the grass was doing just fine. *sigh*
So I covered the arc in 8" of leaves hoping they would smother the grass over winter. Since I didn't want the squirrels digging in the leaves or winter winds blowing the leaves around, I covered them with landscape fabric (held down with sod staples).
In Spring I'll have Craig bring over his big garden tiller and break the sod and turn in the leaves.
(Oh. The big blue thing? It's a pile of shredded leaves from my nabe. I was going to pile them on the new arc, but have decided to use them for veg mulch next year. So I dragged them (*oof* and WHY does my back hurt??) back to the shed where they will be off the grass and out of the way.)
The final pic: how thing are looking as of now.
If you click the pic, then enlarge, you can see the new arc bed as well as the 3 raised beds running just in front of the back snow fence.
I have to tell you, though, I'm getting too old to make more beds. I've overused my back this year and I've been advised that without strength building exercises & bone building supplements, I'm risking back injuries just picking up a cup of coffee these days. (Okay - that's an exaggeration - but I can't seem to do anything anymore without something inside complaining!)
So I'm going to have to really watch what I do from now one. *sigh* Getting old is a b!tch.
Anyway, NOW things are tucked in and I'm tuckered out. And just in time. We've got 3 days of on/off rain starting tonight.
Finally, I'm looking forward to a winter's worth of rest and recuperation. Sure hope you're holding up better than I am. *heh*
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