While many American fans were busy watching the Super Bowl last night I made plans for the garden season opener. The weather forecast for the week looks decent, high of 48F today then rising into the mid-50s through Sunday, some sunny days, some overcast, but at least no rain for a few days. This gives me a chance to mulch the garden before the plants get out of hand. I placed my order at 8:15 this morning and promptly at 11:30 a truck backed into the drive, dumping 14 cubic yards of double-shredded hardwood mulch. Oh my!
Last year the garden was never completely mulched so this is a chore I really wanted to do. It will be a challenge to get it all spread quickly, as access to the garden is by way of a narrow little path not easily traversed with a garden cart full of mulch.
After just a couple of hours I was already in want of a break to rest my back, but as expected, the time spent is rewarding. I am trimming back old foliage and stems from last year and closely inspecting each square inch. Progress will be slow but steady. It took this drastic measure of blocking the driveway and garage access to get me out into the garden. I will not be able to get my car in the garage until I finish this project. Now that I have my playbook for this game, there is nothing left to do but try to win it for the home team.