Tended the lavender bed that got planted last year. A few large bushes look fantastic, and an oscillating hoe made quick work of the grass that had encroached in the absence of mulch. Mulch… It’s free at a community pile, but we don’t have a pickup, a suitable trailer, or a hitch on the leased car. That hurdle is a few thou$and, but when you stack it up against $70-100 delivery fee per truckload, it gets hard to justify spending a few hundred bucks on what would be free, had we the right equipment. It’s tempting to add a wood chipper to the farm’s inventory to at least be able to plan for future years – there are plenty of fallen trees that we could chip, but that microbial bounty takes a year or so to turn chips to suitable mulch.
4 tons of stone delivered to the base of our driveway this morning and raked out by hand before breakfast. It’s a stop-gap, but we’re not sure what the permanent fix may be. A spring on the upper end of the driveway washes down and across the mouth of the drive, and erodes the earth around the culvert pipe into the ditch. A gap had developed to the degree that delivery trucks were struggling to keep from bottoming out, and we certainly couldn’t welcome guests and patrons with the drive in that condition.
Alright, that’s everything: posts, wire, hardware, posthole digger that’s just barely my elder, gates, and gumption. Rubber meets the road very soon.