This week it has cooled down somewhat and in a fit of downright pleasantness the high today is below 80. Be still my beating heart. I took this opportunity to crack open our gardening in the desert books and decided to clean out the garden and the sad little rosebush in the back yard. Here our big vegetable growing season is winter, when the days are cool enough not to burn the plants, so I'm going to try carrots, broccoli, lettuce, and some herbs again. I don't have any seeds yet, though, so I contented myself with cleaning out the old stuff, breaking up the baked soil, spreading the compost bin over top and watering and raking it all together. Hopefully some of that compost goodness will leach into the surrounding soil before I get the seeds in a few days.
Here we have the before - with two helpful men adopting their best supervisory pose and a photobombing toddler trying to walk on the gravel without falling.
Our super-expensive compost setup. Actually we wanted it to be pretty incognito since I'm sure it's against HOA bylaws to be composting in your backyard. This bad boy was pretty much full.
The after, all cleaned up, composted, and watered. It looks like I missed a piece of paper when I was cleaning up the compost - there's always a bit that doesn't get broken down well.
I also pruned, cleaned up, and fertilized my little rose. I had put it under a tree next to the wall for the hottest part of summer when I saw it was burning badly. I think the lack of sun made it go a bit dormant, but hopefully a nice feed and some clean-up pruning will perk it up.