It’s been a while since my last post! I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had time to read other people’s blogs never mind posting on my own. But things are slowly getting back to normal.
I did finally apply mulch to the mediterranean garden.
Obviously mulch is something that really should be done shortly after a garden has been planted. But time and expense has delayed me in putting down drip irrigation on the garden so I have been holding off putting down mulch too and I just water by hand.
I decided that I am not going to bother putting down drip in the mediterranean bed as my eventual goal is to create a garden that needs very little supplemental water (and when I do need to water I can just continue to hand water). Technically this garden was doing just fine without mulch but the soil was very uneven in appearance. The mulch helps to make it look more uniform and the plants really pop against the dark color.
Gravel would be a better choice for this garden since mulch breaks down and makes the soil richer which I don’t really want. Nice gravel is quite a bit more expensive but I may switch to it in the future when the garden is more mature and the plants have filled in a bit.
Mulch here on the west coast is generally shredded fir bark. Compared to cedar mulch back on the east coast this is miserable stuff. I can’t touch it without getting tons of little splinters and even gloves don’t help. It does look nice though.
There is a part of me that is really looking forward to fall so I can make some changes to the overall design of this part of the garden but there is no sense wishing your life away. Fall will get here soon enough and when it does I’ll probably be wishing it was spring!