|Rhubarb is worth growing for its ornamental value alone. It was a bonus|
when just this plant yielded over 15lbs of fruit last year...
although my family would beg to differ.
If you’ve been following this blog since the beginning you will have doubtless felt my pain as I’ve told you about our battle with crazy invasive weeds, boggy areas the size of Lake Washington and the mountains of moodoo I have added to a new border in an effort to improve the soil.
|Even a solitary crocus is cause for celebration|
|I rescued this Hellebore from being engulfed by|
the virulent Bishops weed.
It is the still barren ‘moodoo border’ that I’m most excited about however. It is riddled with long red slippery worms! These little rototillers will take the mulch down to the subsoil and as the two begin to mix the soil texture and fertility will vastly improve. Last year I don’t think I saw a single worm in that part of the garden – a common problem in clay soil that has not been amended regularly with organic material. Yet even this initial dose of rich mulch has made the soil come alive in preparation for me to plant in fall. A small but significant breakthrough for me and hopefully an encouragement to all those who have poor soil and have wondered if the time, effort and expense of adding compost was worth it.
|New foliage on the Spiraea 'Ogon' -|
a promise of spring.