taking apart an iris garden, getting some of
the sow thistle out of there, in mostly clay and
somewhat of a low spot of course...
most of the irises will be moved to a new place
that has sandy loam, just not quite as much sun as
i'd like, but we'll have to see how they do.
the existing garden will be turned into veggies
for a few years so we can keep an eye out for the
sow thistle trying to return from bits of root
that we miss this time around.
most of it will need to be double dug again in
the spring to make sure we didn't miss too much.
that will also give me a chance to get some more
organic materials buried in there for the worms
to feast upon and some wood ashes to help break
up the soil some more. it could take a few
truckloads of each...
so far we've had a lot of fun with this project.
i say that slightly sarcastically, because i would
have liked to have smothered the whole area for a
few years and that would have avoided the past fair
number of days digging (and a few more yet to go
before we are finished), but Ma would not do that.
i guess the good part of not smothering it is
that i get a new garden next spring (likely for
beans), garlic and onions will likely go in the
following season. my hand is a little sore, but
otherwise holding up. today is a day of rest, i'm
not playing in the clay after it rained last night
and this morning. will check it out tomorrow and
see how it looks, plays...
as we have been working along pulling up clumps
of dirt, weeds, irises, we notice how the irises are
growing and how they spread and die back, with each
rhizome having it's own worm or two to keep tidied
up. in the wetter parts the iris actually rots on
the bottom and the top just skims along until it
reaches a more suitable spot to root. the sow
thistle roots are real challenges to get out of there
because if you whack a clod of clay thinking it will
let go of the root, it might, but it might also
shatter it into multiple pieces (each likely viable).
going through the piles, breaking apart all the clods
does take some time, that is for sure. two more days,
i can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this
i think, now, though, is a good
time for a nap...