it just so happened the other day some friends brought
by some of the leaves they've raked from their yard.
i had cardboard and stuff to put down first to smother
some weeds and then topped the area with the leaves.
by next fall it will probably start to be colonized
by strawberry plants.
the whole area is full of plants i don't want to
keep taking over so this is a good use of both
cardboard and leaves.
we'll be trying out some other material to use as
a root/stolon barrier for the weeds/grasses which keep
coming in from the drainage ditch (including horsetail).
each year i keep saying i don't want to spend much time
back there because of how it is so poorly situated it just
begs for making more work. so instead of feeding the time
sink i want to work on other stuff which is further in from
the borders and can be more easily defended and doesn't
take that much time to do. once we get a proper root/stolon
barrier down then i don't mind taking care of a garden
because it becomes so much easier. and if it is mulched
that is even better.
Electricity is not always available. Where I live, Southern California
Edison can fail at any time of the year. We do not get snow, so that is
not a cause of failure. While high air conditioning usage might cause a
failure in the summer, it does not explain failures in the winter since
most homes here have natural gas for heat. I think the main cause of
failure might be a lack of preventive maintenance by SoCalEd on its
distribution system. Thankfully, we have mild winters and -- for the
summer -- lots of shade trees.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Ahh. OK. I live in a civilised country and the electricity is supplied
99.999% of the time.
Mea culpa. I guess that's what you get when you assume that everyone else on
usenet is in the same country as you <cough>.
"Humans will have advanced a long, long, way when religious belief has a
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