When life gets a little too shady, why not move to a sunnier, happier location instead?
The 2012-2017 keyhole garden did very well where it was, right up until it began sinking into the soft, rich soil that is the open garden space. As the the ligustrum hedge flanking the driveway grew even taller, the keyhole could no longer compete for sunlight. Basil and onion still grow there, but they too will get relocated (or consumed) shortly as the open garden space gets its autumn makeover. It’s next on the list, right after the keyhole.
The cockroaches, lizards, and geckos living there got a shocking eviction. No worries; we were careful not to squish as we helped them to find the new space nearby. I even threw some kitchen scraps in to keep the workers fed and happy. I do hope they’ll stay .. and forgive me for wrecking their apartment building.
Today’s building exercise was interrupted by rain. I’m good with that — we needed the moisture. Of an expected 36″ annual rainfall, we’ve gotten roughly 6″ so far and the creek out back has all but dried up like in the Drought of 2011. Thankfully, no more hurricanes dumping feet of rain.
It’s been a scorching summer, and it would be nice having some weather predictability again. Is that too much to ask, Mother Nature?
Just a few more hours of work and it will be over-full with the remaining cardboard, shrub clippings, horse manure, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, twigs, leaves, and whatever other organics happen to be laying around, topped off with plants. Every few layers is watered well and inoculated with compost, locking in moisture and getting microbial decomposition up and running. Finally, adornment with a few autumn-seasoned edibles in a top layer of soil, with some straw/leaf mulch .. and a cherry on top.
Soon, the keyhole will be back in business. with no watering or weeding required, just daily infusions from the kitchen sink — scraps and dishwasher pre-rinse water — and that is all.