Friday, June 28, 2013

Plum Crazy

My lack of recent posts has not been an accurate reflection of my gardening activity.  I've been working on removing large sections of lawn around the perimeter of my back yard to create beds and reduce the amount of mowing in my future.  Anyone that has removed sod by hand knows what a back breaking job this can be.  

I removed grass that previously went all the way to the fence.  I have placed a few plants already,
but I am still waiting for inspiration on how I want this bed to look ultimatetly.

Rather than getting rid of all the dug-up sod I'm saving it for unknown reasons.
As the work is hard, it is about to come to a screeching halt because of this:

Even if I wake up at the crack of dawn and get cracking, it won't take long before it's too hot for that kind of work.

In the meantime, I think we'll fill up the kiddie pool and pull out the slip-n-slide-and-go-the-ER and have some fun in the water.  And while we're out there, maybe we'll grab a few plums and do our best to enjoy the bounty of summer.  


  1. Your plums look delicious. Here in the opposite corner of the US, we're experiencing the opposite whether from what you have in the west -- unseasonably cool temperatures and rain, rain, rain! Just as bad for trying to get anything done outside, just for different reasons. -Jean

    1. Jean - I hope it clears up for you soon so you can achieve your gardening goals this summer. Before we know it, fall will be here and you'll be heading back to school.

  2. Your plums are a perfect treat for that hard work...instead of digging it I am going to cover it with cardboard and paper and mulch and see if that works...others do this and say it works...looking nice in your garden.

    1. Donna, I have also employed the cardboard, paper and mulch strategy in other parts of my garden. It does work well especially in areas that you don't intend to plant right away. My experience with planting in recently "cardboarded" areas is that it makes water the plants extremely difficult. Perhaps I need to make bigger cuts in the cardboard?