Friday, August 22, 2014

Cultivation


Photo courtesy Flickr

Thirty years ago I learned the hard way that weeding was garden task number one. Several seasons of meticulous hands and knees grooming of the lot produced a low-maintenance site that remains easy to manage. Invading buttercup led to the semi-desperate decision to use benign herbicide one time in areas that were out of control. The product I chose breaks down into fertilizer and leaves soil in good tilth.

Nearby construction radically altered the micro-climates on this lot, much for the better it would seem. Although the heat bill will never recover from losing the bountiful solar gain the house’s orientation afforded, the landscape is nobler. Native plants are thriving, the little vegetable patch surprisingly productive, and maintenance is half the already small previous total.

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