Tried to log in to work from home this morning and just got the 'clunk' sound. Kinda makes me laugh, that clunk, as it sounds like something mechanical went wrong. But something quite electronic was keeping me from logging in. Luckily, my son does hardware support at my office so I put him on the task. I won't go into the details here, but I blame the security system at work that keeps all the computers up to date and cleans off things from our computers that it 'thinks' don't belong there. And of course, there's the problem. A program, no matter how smart, can't really think, and so it deletes permissions and setups here and there. Nobody really knows what it's doing. After an hour and a half of troubleshooting, I told my boss I'd rather take the day off and get some stuff done at home. And so I did.
Did a couple more patches of lasagna mulching amongst the myrtle. This is coming along well and goes a little faster each time as I get the hang of it. I've modified the program a bit. Instead of newspaper, peat moss, grass, peat moss, I leave out the first peat moss and just top it all with peat moss. As it gets watered in over the coming days, it all mixes together anyway, so why give myself an unnecessary step. The grass definitely spreads more easily dry and I will try to keep up and use my grass clippings right away every time now.
I think the people driving by must think I'm crazy working out in the hot sun on that hillside. They would probably just plow all this myrtle under and re-landscape some other way. So many here hire yard people -- I'm talking homeowners who are the ages of my kids! These young familes clearly are not geared to taking care of their own yards.
But as for me, I have strength and energy, I have newspapers and grass clippings. I have hundreds and hundreds of myrtle plants. Why not use all these things if I can? Why spend money to put in something else? The only thing I need to buy is the peat moss. (which is quite expensive at $13 for a 3 cu yd compressed brick). By the way, I figured out how to get that huge brick up my steep hill without carrying it. I just roll it end over end. You must be resourceful when you aren't strong enough.
So now I'm finished with outside work for the day. I will run the sprinklers a little later just in the areas where the transplants are still getting started. But now I'm going to clean up and go get a nice bottle of wine as my friend has returned from points north and is coming over to see me in a couple of hours.