Weather

A late storm bundled-up out of the Pacific and landed onshore, to give us a little weather and some feree sky-water. Probably the last rain of the season until October – but occasionally there are a few minor disturbances in Summer that also drop some water.

Before the rain (started last night) I managed to get some soil-amendment and grass seed mixed-up, and broke-up the hardpack clay brown-spots (in the foreground).
While digging and loosening the dirt in a couple of places I found large chunks of concrete left by the previous owner… He was a contractor, and according to my neighbor, used the field/pasture as a dumping ground for all sorts of stuff – and also had a big burn pile of rubbish, which I have been uncovering and removing debris. No problem! This whole deal is a multi-multi year project, and the main source of my exercise! Who needs a gym when you got all this wonderful stuff?

Pressure Treated

Six eight-foot long two-by-twelves make up the two new planter beds. Two were sawn in half to do the four-foot ends.

Quarter-inch hardware “cloth” screens the bottoms. Fastened together by impact wrench, using four-inch TimberLOK lag screws. The flat top plates are mostly decorative.

They are both buried about five inches deep, and first I had to rake-up the black tanbark and then shovel-out all the dirt onto a tarp. It was a good couple days work, and boy are those things heavy!

Weather Window

We’re having a bit of clear weather, so I had to get busy. Yesterday I was out back behind the shed cleaning up a woodpile, while today it looked like a good day to run the mower and spread some more of the calcium-gypsum granulate – it’s supposed to soften up the hard-pan. Also rain is forecast for Wednesday and I want the material to water-in. But first some more woodpile work, then lunch.

Since I was running the spreader (over the foreground, in picture) I decided to mix-in a bunch of “Weed and Feed” plus some grass seed. The soil is rocky and pock-marked with gopher holes, and it’s generally a mess of weeds, but it’s slowly improving if you don’t look at too close!

On the other side of the bridge, to the right, a big bunny has taken up residence, and the machinery sound didn’t bother him a whit. It really a jack rabbit, and when he gets up to run, he’s nearly waist-tall without counting his long ears!

Meanwhile it got up to 69-degrees this afternoon, lovely.