The leaves, well, I confess--we were 'naughty,' and dumped them into the normal trash. I know, I know... mulch, compost, etc. I've tried composting in the past. I just don't have the energy to keep up with it. It seems to be (for me, anyway) much more labor-intensive than the proponents would have you believe.
Note to self: grab and put on gloves prior to starting such a project, to avoid getting zapped with fiberglass splinters from mean, nasty old rake!
This is what is left of the former "patio" area from the pool days. I plan to clean it up and leave it, as a place to 'sit and think for a spell' while watching the garden grow. This particular end of the area gets full-on sun only between high noon and about 3 p.m., otherwise, it is more in the shade. Further away from this end, though, it gets sunlight most of the day from mid-morning until almost sunset all summer long. Perfect for crops! On each end of the long axis of this area are the 2 sprinkler heads that will water the garden. They don't show up in this photo, however, as one is behind the camera position, and the other is a bit buried in dirt.
As a final prep project, the bush seen below, Miss Podocarpus Gracilior, will need to be trimmed and tidied up quite a bit, as the bottom limbs are dragging the ground. Not good for the plant. Although, I often wonder about that kind of statement. Mother Nature certainly does not go around with clippers 'tidying' up her plants...they remain rather wild and rag-a-muffin looking. ;-)
Behind this Podocarpus, you can see the fence-staining project--halted when we ran out of stain and had no funds to get more. Can not believe the price of that stuff these days!! Oh, well, it's on the inside--not the "show" side, so no worries.
Oh, boy, oh boy! Now, to determine the exact time to plant! Coming, soon, I'm sure, as March is only a few days away. Perhaps I shall spend my birthday installing my vegetable garden. (Weather permitting, of course!)
More to come.....