So I’ve been lazy as far as actually posting anything, but progress has been made on the Memorial Arch Project. Not a lot of progress because it’s been cold and shitty so much of the time, but progress!
April 6th, the weather was fit to get the arch and panels in place. The lawn needed mowing, but whatever. I didn’t have a 4′ level, so it’s far from perfect, but there’s only one spot I need to fix, and I made sure it didn’t show in this photo. 😀
Does in this one, so don’t look too carefully.
Last weekend, my accomplishments were relatively few, but I did manage to get the grass ripped out, which I had not looked forward to doing, and which was further impeded by my…”assistant”.
I persevered, though, and eventually got it done.
No picture (too lazy, didn’t care), but I found some pound-in edging on Amazon that was $13-something for 20′, and I bought three rolls. I had points, so in the end, it cost me $10-something in actual money. Good thing I took a break and ordered it, because when I checked 3h later, it was $27.99 a roll!! Anyway, I don’t love it, but at least I won’t have to dig a fucking trench for it, and hopefully, it’ll look okay.
Buchheit has online order/store pickup available now (yay!), so I have the topsoil, garden soil, and Black Kow to make the actual bed, but I’ve been working from home, and it’s been cold and shitty, so I haven’t done anything with that yet. I have to pick groceries up in about an hour, and it’s at least sunny today, so I’m hoping to make at least some progress toward it.
I remember when I started digging up this yard and was very surprised at the near-total absence of worms in the ground. That’s what happens when you use a lawn service that picks up every little grass clipping, removes every leaf, and mows too short. When you’re a lazy fucker like me, mow high and as infrequently as possible, don’t remove leaves unless they’re so thick as to prevent growth of ground cover, and leave grass clippings right where they fall, you get worms. Lots of worms. Big, fat worms.
A little random stuff…not enough to make its own post. I know I post my Canadian ginger every spring, but it’s just so pretty! I fucking love this stuff; it’s tough as nails, needs no maintenance, and is enthusiastic without being overly aggressive. I only wish it would grow in full sun, but it’s a woodland plant, so it would probably just bake to death.
Another maintenance-free plant. They go dormant in summer, so I always forget about them, and they’re down by the creek, so I wouldn’t haul water down there in the heat of summer, but there’s no need. Virginia bluebells are also damned tough…and very pretty!