I took yesterday off. One of my tasks (which I have had on the list for a while) is to clear more room for a garden. This lovely piece of real estate was even kindly bricked in but has just had grass growing in it since we arrived:
Phase I was to use a metal rake to pull out as much of the grass as I could:
Keep pushing to then end of the row:
In this phase I tore up the ground, trying to get at the roots and rhizomes:
This took a while:
And I still had a lot to dispose of:
In Phase III I worked in manure:
And my first use of compost made at home since we moved:
(Turns out that orange peels and compostable coffee filters don't compost that well)
With that, I used a shovel to turn everything over and in:
The finished product:
I soaked it down afterwards and will do so again tomorrow.
The total time to do this exercise was approximately 3 hours total, with probably 2.5 of actual work. All in all, not a bad expenditure for the day. I am amazed, even in this simple exercise, how much effort it takes to clear even this small plot of land. I only used hand tools - rake, pick, shovel. In some ways a rototiller would make sense, but the exercise is good for me and frankly, I need the practice.
Bonus Track (Mostly for my friend John): This is what else I have to work with in the backyard:
The pad was here when we bought it. Not sure what we will do with it: Would make a fine place for an open air workshop:
The part along the back fence is my current garden. I intend to expand it to the edge of the dead tree.
The tree growing behind the dead tree provides a hiding place in the summer for the rabbits when they are out. Eventually I need to put some kind of quail run in there as well.
The low pots are the garden that Nighean Dhonn and I started. We will need to redo most of them this year, although the one directly in the picture has some wonderful perennials.
There's a lot of work to do, and with our drouthy conditions, make it more water friendly (and money friendly) and less time for me trying to mow (a task I despise). Fortunately I do not have a lot of vacations planned this year, so plenty of time to make things better.