Don’t get me wrong I love how it has cooled off but the changing pressure and T-storms rolling through has set up an ache in every part of the body I managed to break, sprain or ripped cartilage/bursa and major soft tissue damage I have done. That’s not even counting my CIDP or the wonders of menopause that I seem to have the joy to experience now. Yes! I am whining about how much I hurt! I do seem to be getting back on top of dealing with the pain, though this storm affected more than I had anticipated. I have been a bit lazy and not doing enough work to keep the muscles and joints working at optimal levels. I need to up my puttering in the yard level and cut back a bit on my TV/news watching level.
While the dog I was looking at in the shelter was “no joy” as he sort of treated Diana as an animated chew toy there are a couple of other dogs that have some potential and might go on sale this month. I think the rotties I saw advertised might be a scam and so I’m playing that out. I can’t imagine that it is so hard to get rid of free Rottweiler pups in Michigan compared to Idaho. Perhaps I’m doing these folks a disservice but I can’t imagine advertising free dogs in Idaho that must be shipped from Michigan is how most average dog owners want to get rid of free pups . It just feels wrong overall and as it is said when a deal looks to good to be true, it probably is…I trust I will find the right dog if I’m patient something will show up that will be a good fit. Now that I have watched Diana get such joy about meeting new dogs it is apparent that she really misses Tuffy and needs a doggy companion. While she is getting on at 11 years old and has a few health/genetic issues due to her breed she is pretty healthy overall.
Onto the first straw mulch experiment result. My Nasturtium flowers are already much happier along with the romaine type lettuces. Now that might be do to the slightly cooler temps but I think the straw mulch has shown results this fast and I did not expect it to do the work that quickly. Now we have gotten a bit of rain but usually the front yard soil sucks it up like a sponge and that is not happening this time even just adding mulch to a somewhat small area. I’m sure that the folks that compost and mulch are thinking “Well Duh!” but this concept is new to me. Especially how laying mulch in one area will tend to improve water retention in adjoining areas of the yard. I’m still learning and I don’t think I have laid out the mulch properly to kill weeds though it is a big help for water retention. This is one area I can see that more is better and I will be laying out mulch and even compost in the garden beds starting at 4 inches thick and 6-8 inches would be better overall. On the grass growing area over the water main I think a good 4 inches of compost/mulch is a good start and at least a 2 inch depth of compost to regrow grass in a weedy yard is a good start. This not the fastest way to build soil though I’m fairly surprised how well it helps with water retention if not actual growth. Go thick with mulch as I have found that a thin layer helps with water retention but you need to go thick to kill weeds. My garden is kind of going berserk with growth and I haven’t changed much besides adding a bit of rabbit poo and the mulch. I really need to thin out plants and that is not a problem I had in the past.
It can be difficult to check an attitude of superiority and listen to others that do the work. I’m sure you have read or met many preppers that get all superior and talk a good game but do the work or show how things do not work to theory not so much! I blog what I do and often I’m a slacker and I still can’t find the broccoli seeds I want to gatherer and did not think about before having an admired garden. I’m still learning though I think I have turned the corner of hoping and planing. I was not ready for a good garden harvest. I’m not going to beat myself up about wasted food as I’m getting better with gardening but it does hurt a bit to see food go to waste.