Well, not only is the sun shining, the temps moderate, but Blotanical is back! All is going right with this weekend.
The soil amending process is continuing. I've taken the time to actually dig down 6-8 inches into the garden, pulling out roots, and more roots of plants I don't have (this is a mystery to me where these are coming from!), old bricks, pieces of plastic, cigarette butts, a tennis ball, some wire, and a heck of a lot of pieces of cement. Oh, and I found a lot of pecans from 3 yards over, which the neighborhood squirrels have placed every 6 inches square throughout the garden.
The mystery of why my soil drains so incredibly fast in such a flood prone area and looks decidedly whitish is becoming clear. At some point I think my garden had been cemented over, and then jackhammered (for the most part) out. The amount of cement pieces from nailhead sized through small dinner plate size just can't be explained any other way. My dirt, I have a feeling, has a large dose of cement in it. I'm thinking this can't be too good. That said, I have a feeling I will never have trouble, EVER, with standing water.
Here's a little before and after soil work. Doesn't it look a bit more ready to plant and grow some great stuff, 250 pounds of compost manure, and 2 bags of topsoil later? I planted only a very few things in October when I moved in, and all of them, save for a very frozen Mandevilla, seems to be coming back just fine. Some of the little 'tufts' are beebalm, agapanthas, sedum, and a straggly butterfly bush, who none-the-less looks a lot better than he did about 3 weeks ago.
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