Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023

Backyard 2011I’m dawdling this morning. It’s been a busy week and I need to go to work again this afternoon. I’m not at church because my ride has a meeting after service and can’t have me home in time. So I am appreciating a cozy, cool, sunny morning. Someone is cooking bacon downstairs … ooohhh, that certainly adds to the ambiance.

The cat is laying in the front garden and the green of the grass reflects the startling green of his eyes, but I don’t have a camera, and if I open the door to use my phone camera, he will get up. The dog is studiously avoiding me. She just had her bath. I am fighting an endless battle with fleas this year. Maybe the lavender soap will help?

After today I have two days to myself to spend in the garden. I need to tie up the tomatoes, put more soil into the pepper and cucumber pots, mow the lawn, and finish the back garden.


My attempts for a lawn in the backyard may have to be abandoned. I had clover rooted, but the rains washed it away. Someone replaced steps with a sloping tar path, so the rain just washes down from the sidewalk and street. I might be able to put in a small gravel trench, or bury boards to create a stop until the seed is firmly established. I may just go with extending the mulch.  If the mulch then allows the grass to root – I’ll go with that.

I’m also going to extend my back flower garden. I got a real deal on some miniature roses and mini Hostas. I’m going to plant the area behind our tree. It should make a nice nook and keep me from storing things there. Oh to have an outside entrance to our basement. We are fortunate to have a basement that stays dry (uncommon in this neighborhood), but unfortunate to only have entrance through the kitchen squeezed alongside the stove, with rather treacherous stairs.

Two days to play in the garden, absorb some sunshine, stretch and bend. I may even get to the lake for a relaxed swim.

By AFarmer

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Ken Carman
10 years ago

Reads a lot like some of Aunt Arley’s Orange Mailbox columns, always appreciated by her readers.

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