Laziness provides opportunity

You saw yesterday how lazy I had been with the walkway, but that's nothing when compared to my approach to mowing the lawn this year. A dry July meant little lawn growth so no need to mow, but then the rains came so frequently we rarely had good mowing conditions. Then it was too long to easily mow, turtles could be hiding anywhere!


The end result is that the back lawn hasn't been mowed for at least 6 weeks, possibly longer. My bright green garden hose is back here, and you can't see even an inch of it -- it's right in front of you!


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I've got a meadow back here now!


Actually, what this laziness has given me is an opportunity to finally rid my garden of Pennisetum 'Moudry'! Every little seedling is clearly visible right now, the course blades much longer than anything else growing here. I'll pull them all out, every single one -- at least that's the plan.

In case you're wondering, that purple perilla is not growing in a bed -- that's in the lawn. Yeah.


My other main area of neglect this year has been the fenced veggie garden:


Although it's a feast for the eyes right now (if you like the jungly, plants crammed together look), I really need to get in there and clear everything out for fall planting:


What worries me the most is the pokeweed, which forms a huge taproot. These raised beds (I bet you couldn't tell they were here!) have nice loose soil so I'm hoping they'll pull out, but we'll see.

It's hard to believe that it once looked like this:


That was a few years ago though...

Back to today: there are also 5 or 6 potted perennials that must surely have rooted into the beds too -- I'll have to find those permanent homes too. Oh, and that new fence needs to be finished...

So lazy!

High temperatures of around 78ºF (25ºF) for Sunday and Monday coincide perfectly with my days off, so I hope to get both of these projects and more done then!

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Maywyn  – (August 19, 2016 at 10:42 AM)  

Looks like nature in the backyard to me. :)

danger garden  – (August 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM)  

Oh gosh...I wish my lazy neighbors lawns looked this beautiful. Instead they're foot high weeds mixed in with dry lawn...

Alan  – (August 19, 2016 at 3:14 PM)  

Maywyn: you're supposed to be encouraging me to do more! ;)

Loree: I'll send you some 'Moudry' seedlings. Plant a few over there one night, make sure at least one goes to seed, and then you're on the way to having a lawn like mine next door to you. :)

Hoover Boo  – (August 19, 2016 at 3:54 PM)  

Huh. So that's what rain does. I've wondered.

Yesterday out in the garden I pulled an entire summer's worth of weeds: two small spotted spurge and a stunted dandelion.

I understand it's tough to be motivated in endless hot weather.

Patsi  – (August 20, 2016 at 4:29 AM)  

Not much rain here. We've had the temps in the 90's for weeks or so it seems and nothing is getting done. I like seeing to have a sense of humor.

Lisa  – (August 22, 2016 at 5:56 AM)  

At least it's all green! Nature does like to have her way when our backs are turned!

Peter/Outlaw  – (August 22, 2016 at 4:31 PM)  

It's not laziness, it's embracing permaculture. Your environmentally responsible practices should be more widely emulated.

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