Week two of my grand plan
to work in the yard for two hours a day, Monday through Friday, was grossly abbreviated. I was visiting my parents in Washington until Wednesday so it was a happy reason but I was still only able to do two days of yard work this week. I tried to think of the thing that would make the most impact in such a short time and what I came up with was drawn from the comments of last week's post
; kill the silverleaf nightshade
! I already cleared the alley behind my house of the stuff but there was a generous swath of its nastiness in my yard.
) is one member of the axis of weedy evil in my yard, the other two are Chinese Elm
and Tree of Heaven
. It's good to get the nightshade out, I know it will come back but the only way to get rid of it is sheer persistence so...
Pure weeding. I used a shovel to loosen the dirt as far down as I could then pulled the nightshade and picked up as many of the queasy, sickly-looking seeds as I could. Nightshade spreads through seeds, rhizomes and
root fragments so I wanted to be as thorough as possible in my removal. I ended the day's yard work lightheaded and happy to see my 11am end time. I went inside and put in a call to New Mexico One Call
, they contact the handful of utility companies who come out to mark their underground lines. I plan to put in an area of flagstone soon so I'll need to dig and don't want any untoward accidents or the liability that would go along with them.
A far more productive day than I expected. I got the nightshade pulled in the first hour so I dug out a rotten old tree stump, took last years' pomegranates off the tree, and moved the railroad ties that were acting as a border into the alley-which is also where I put the old easel, the kitchen window screens, the random lumber, and the bi fold doors that you might notice in the before photos below (I'm sure my neighbors won't be so pleased about my alleyway storage solution but I'll get rid of it all soon.)
before and after looking at the garage
before and after looking at the fence
here is what my alley looks like now
Notes to self from this week:
DON'T forget to eat breakfast before you spend two hours working in the sun, that dizziness, yeah, that was your own fault.
DO remember to use the neti pot
after you work, because ick if you don't.
DON"T move railroad ties on your own. We all know how big and strong you are and so smart because you pivoted and dragged the really big ones but just suck it up and ask a friend for help next time.