WHAT WAS I THINKING????????
A little history retread:
2008: Backyard = rough shape from home renovation, started out looking like this in spring:
|"Icky bad" 2008|
|Trace paper - covering an existing picture to sketch plant ideas on ...|
|Day 1 - THAT was as good as it was going to get!|
The Problem? ..... My aching back!
I was so glib! "I was woman, hear me roar!" Get out the tools and just get to work. I had my newspaper to cover whatever sod was out there, then I was going to pile on the sphagnum moss, compost and a little top soil. Let the grass compost under the paper, let the paper breakdown and the nutrients of the amendments give me something to nurture new plants.
I had only edged the shape of the garden before fatigue set in! Clay with a veneer of topsoil has the texture of 30 year-old concrete by the end of summer. Shoulders throbbed in pain, arms were like wet noodles and my profile bared a resemblance to Quasimodo...
To add insult to injury, the weekend was over and I wasn't going to be back to finish up until the following weekend. THAT's when the real fun began - the next weekend... In a moment of brilliance, I decided to loosen up and stretch before I went out take on the SSW garden, my back was still tight from 'week 1'. That's when I felt the 'pop' in my lower back - and I caved! Down & out for 8 days!
But then the miracle happened...
|"All" it takes is a little pete moss ....|
|Now the foundation plants are 'grounded'.....|
|"A long time ago when the leaves were green....."|