Now, since I had a half a truckload of soil left, that meant I had more work to do. That meant working on the sidewalk area out front. This is an area of our yard that gets complete full hot sun all summer along, is hard to water, and has the poorest quality soil. It used to have grass but we gave up on that years ago and mulched it. It contained some ornamental grasses and a creeping phlox groundcover, none of which did very well due to the heat and poor quality of the soil and my indifferent to watering them. So I dug those up and moved them to a location in the side yard, and then proceeded to till the whole area. I then removed all of the tilled earth - bringing the ground level down to an inch or so below the sidewalk and curb. It had mounded up quite high with several years of mulching. I moved all this dirt into a part of the side yard in the wild area, probably 30 square feet and and a foot deep. Seriously, I moved a LOT of dirt. I then dumped the remainder of my compost blend soil along with a few wheelbarrow loads of leftover compost, and tilled all that in. Here is the finished product:
|Newly prepared sidewalk area.|
|Creeping Phlox and ornamental grasses moved from the sidewalk area.|
|New mound of dirt to contain...?|
I might actually keep a strip in the middle and plant perrenial evergreen herbs - rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc.
So, now I just need it to be spring.
And my arms are sore.