Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Steering The Garden


Record drought coupled with drastic changes in solar exposure left both grass and moss in full retreat. Only yarrow shows green, and that’s just fine with me. Yarrow is one of the components of the classic Victorian lawn. In the nineteenth century, managers of English estates set small boys loose with tweezers to pull up blades of grass on the lawn.

I moseyed around the lot with a small bottle of time-release fertilizer beads, sprinkling a few on each patch of yarrow. That will give oomph to the established plants. I’ll mow the flower heads when the seed is ripe, and that should spread the patches wide for next spring.

This is a ridiculously easy way to garden that takes only patience. Coupled with benign herbicide, I can foster or edit at will.

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